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Announcing: Open textbook “Epidemiology”

The Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce the release of a new open textbook,  Epidemiology.

Epidemiology is a 156-page openly-licensed text by Charlotte Baker DrPH, MPH, CPH designed for medical degree–seeking clinical students without a prior background in public health. Using sports medicine and injury prevention examples and applications, it aims to provide students with the basics of epidemiology terms and concepts and is intended to guide medical school students as they prepare for the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Step 1 Exam and to transition from student to clinician. 

  • – It includes an introduction to general concepts and terminology of epidemiology, study designs and their relationship to clinical questions, and the use of epidemiology in clinical diagnosis and screening of disease. 
  • – Concluding sections of the book present sources of errors in epidemiologic studies, including bias, confounding, and effect modification. 
  • – The book is notable for its use of accessible, inclusive figures and examples, and end-of-chapter study guides that summarize the chapter visually.  Continue reading

Announcing: Radio Systems Engineering, Revised First Edition

The Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce the release of an openly-licensed, revised first edition of Radio Systems Engineering by Steven W. Ellingson.

Radio Systems Engineering, Revised First Edition https://doi.org/10.21061/radiosystemsengineering-revised1st is lightly updated from the version published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press (ISBN 9781107068285). While Cambridge retains rights to continue to sell and license their print and electronic versions, Cambridge has granted the author enough rights to update and release the book freely under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial International License (CC BY NC 4.0). 

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Introducing: The Art and Science of Teaching Agriculture: Four Keys to Dynamic Learning

The Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce the release of a new open textbook, The Art and Science of Teaching Agriculture: Four Keys to Dynamic Learning.

The Art and Science of Teaching Agriculture: Four Keys to Dynamic Learning is a 240-page methods-of-teaching book. Specifically, it is a collection of thoughts, best practices, strategies, and techniques for planning, delivering, and assessing teaching and learning. This resource is assembled from among the best teaching professors in agricultural communication, education, and leadership in America. The authors offer the opportunity to build confidence in planning, delivering, and assessing the depths of the variables inherent in learning for secondary and postsecondary educators in both formal and nonformal educational environments.

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Introducing: Fundamentals of Business, 4th edition + ancillaries

The Open Education Initiative and Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech are pleased to announce the release of a 4th edition of Fundamentals of Business  and selected new slide decks to accompany chapters.

Fundamentals of Business  https://doi.org/10.21061/fundamentalsofbusiness4e , fourth edition (2023) is an 434-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty-customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, personal finances, and technology in business. The textbook was designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business and is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 license (CC BY NC-SA 4.0).

Instructors reviewing, adopting, or adapting this textbook are asked to please help us understand your use of the material by filling out this form http://bit.ly/business-interest.

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Announcing a New Open Textbook: Fish, Fishing, and Conservation

The Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce a new peer-reviewed open textbook, Fish, Fishing and Conservation (2023) by Donald J. Orth, Ph.D. of Virginia Tech https://doi.org/10.21061/fishandconservation

Are you an instructor reviewing or adopting this book for an instructional purpose? Instructors adopting or reviewing this text are encouraged to record their use at https://bit.ly/fishandconservation_interest. This helps the book’s sponsors to understand this open textbook’s impact.

Fish, Fishing, and Conservation is a 389-page, peer-reviewed open textbook intended for undergraduate students who are exploring majors in Fish & Wildlife. It is also relevant to a general audience or for use in courses which explore social and ethical aspects of fish, fishing and conservation.

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