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Open Educational Resources FAQ

This guide is designed to answer some frequently asked questions about Open Educational Resources.

Resources in use at Folsom Lake College

+ Accounting

Managerial Accounting (ACCT 311)

Principles of Accounting, Volume 2: Managerial Accounting, by Mitchell Franklin, Patty Graybeal, and Dixon Cooper. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Allied Health

Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professions (AH 311)

Building a Medical Terminology Foundation, by Kimberlee Carter and Marie Rutherford. CC BY

+ Anthropology

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 300)

Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology, by Beth Shook, Lara Braff, Katie Nelson, and Kelsie Aguilera. CC BY-NC

Traces: An Open Introduction to Archaeology, by Whatcom Community College. CC BY-NC

Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 310)

Cultural Anthropology (Wikibook). CC BY-SA

Perspectives: An Open Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, by Nina Brown, Thomas McIlwraith, and Laura Tubelle de González. CC BY-NC

Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 323)

Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities, by Amanda Wolcott Paskey and AnnMarie Beasley Cisneros. CC BY-NC

Archaeology (Ruth), by Susan Ruth. CC BY-NC-SA

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (ANTH 330)

Beliefs: An Open Invitation to the Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, by Amanda Zunner-Keating, Madlen Avetyan, and Ben Shepard. CC BY

+ Art History

Smarthistory. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Biology

Foundations of Biology (BIOL 300)

Biology 2e, by Mary Ann Clark, Mathew Douglas, and Jung Choi. ISBN: 9781947172524. CC BY

General Microbiology (BIOL 440)

Microbiology, by Nina Parker, Mark Schneegurt, Anh-Hue Thi Tu, Philip Lister, and Brian M. Forster. ISBN: 9781947172234. CC BY

+ Business

Managing Diversity in the Workplace (BUS 330)

Business Ethics, by Stephen M. Byars, Kurt Stanberry, David Shapiro, Barbara Boerner, Robert Brancatelli, Wade Chumney, Laura Dendinger, Bill Nantz, and Mark Poepsel. ISBN: 9781947172579. CC BY

Introduction to Business, by Lawrence J. Gitman, Carl McDaniel, Amit Shah, Monique Reece, Linda Koffel, Bethann Talsma, and James C. Hyatt. ISBN: 9781947172555. CC BY

+ Communications

Intercultural Communication (COMM 325)

Exploring Intercultural Communication, by Tom Grothe. CC BY

Intercultural Communication for the Community College, by Karen Krumrey. CC BY-NC-SA

Creating Intercultural Communication Competence, by Tammera Stokes Rice. CC BY

Group Discussion (COMM 331)

Small Group Communication, by Jasmine Linabary. CC BY-NC-SA

Mass Media and Society (COMM 351)

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Early Childhood Education

The Child, the Family and the Community (ECE 314)

Child, Family, and Community (Laff and Ruiz), by Rebecca Laff and Wendy Ruiz. CC BY

Child Family Community: The Socialization of Diverse Children, by Rebecca Laff and Wendy Ruiz. CC BY

Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts (ECE 361)

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (Paris and Beeve), by Jennifer Paris, Kristin Beeve, and Clint Springer. CC BY

+ Economics

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 302)

Principles of Macroeconomics 2e, by Steven A. Greenlaw, David Shapiro, Eric Dodge, Cynthia Gamez, Andres Jauregui, Diane Keenan, Dan MacDonald, Amyaz Moledina, Craig Richardson, and Ralph Sonenshine. ISBN: 9781947172395. CC BY

Statistics for Business and Economics (ECON 310)

Introductory Business Statistics, by Alexander Holmes, Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean, and Kevin Hadley. ISBN: 9781947172470. CC BY

+ English

College Composition (ENGWR 300)

88 Open Essays – A Reader for Students of Composition & Rhetoric, edited by Sarah Wangler and Tina Ulrich. CC BY

Authoring America: A Survey of American Literature from the Beginnings to 2020: An Open Anthology, edited by Christine Grogan. CC BY-SA

Oregon Writes Open Writing Text, edited by Jenn Kepka. CC BY

Bad Ideas About Writing, by Cheryl E Ball and Drew M Loewe. CC BY

Writing Guide with Handbook, by Michelle Bachelor Robinson, Maria Jerskey, Toby Fulwiler, Michelle Baker, Mark Bernheim, Sheila Carter-Tod, Bryan Flynn, Victoria Friedrich, William Gary, Carol Hollar-Zwick, Craig A. Meyer, Cynthia Mwenja, and Susie Thurman. ISBN: 9781951693473. CC BY

College Composition and Literature (ENGWR 301)

Approaching Shakespeare, University of Oxford Podcasts. CC BY-NC-SA

Great Works of African American Literature, edited by Margaret Alma Cox and Patricia Ann West. CC BY-NC-SA

Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature, by Heather Ringo and Athena Kashyap. CC BY-NC

Writing and Literature - Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication, by Tanya Long Bennett. CC BY-SA

Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (ENGWR 302)

88 Open Essays – A Reader for Students of Composition & Rhetoric, edited by Sarah Wangler and Tina Ulrich. CC BY

Thematic Reading Anthology (Lumen)

How Arguments Work - A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College (Mills), by Anna Mills. CC BY-NC

A Dam Good Argument (Delf, Drummond, and Kelly Eds.), edited by Liz Delf, Rob Drummond, and Kristy Kelly. CC BY

Arguing Using Critical Thinking (Marteney), by Jim Marteney. CC BY-NC

+ Geography

Physical Geography (GEOG 300)

The Physical Environment: An Introduction to Physical Geography, by Michael E. Ritter. CC BY-SA

+ History

History of the United States (To 1877) (HIST 310)

American Environmental History, by Dan Allosso. CC BY-NC-SA

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, edited by Joseph Locke and Ben Wright. CC BY-SA

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, edited by Deborah P. Amory, Sean G. Massey, Jennifer Miller, and Allison P. Brown. CC BY

Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, by Miliann Kang, Donovan Lessard, Laura Heston, and Sonny Nordmarken. CC BY

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, edited by Gloria Snively and Wanosts'a7 Lorna Williams. CC BY-NC-SA

Native Peoples of North America, by Susan Stebbins. CC BY-NC-SA

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience, edited by Joshua Farrington, Norman W. Powell, Gwen Graham, Lisa Day, and Ogechi E. Anyanwu. CC BY-NC

History of the United States (1865 - Present) (HIST 311)

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, edited by Joseph Locke and Ben Wright. CC BY-SA

Sage American History, by Henry J Sage. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Human/Career Development

College Success (HCD 310)

College Success, by Amy Baldwin et al. CC BY

Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom, by Thomas C. Priester. CC BY

+ Mathematics

Introduction to Mathematical Ideas (MATH 300)

Contemporary Mathematics (OpenStax), by Donna Kirk et al. CC BY

+ Music

Introduction to World Music (MUFHL 330)

Music in World Cultures, by Justin R. Hunter and Matthew Mihalka. CC BY-NC

Music Appreciation (Georgia Gwinnett College), by Todd Mueller, Elizabeth Whittenburg Ozment, Irina Escalante-Chernova, Marc Gilley, Catherine Kilroe-Smith, and Rachael Fischer. CC BY-NC-ND

World Music Textbook, edited by Kristina Nielsen, Jessie Vallejo, and Christopher Witulski. CC BY-NC-ND

Music: Its Language, History, and Culture, by Douglas Cohen. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Nutrition

Nutrition (NUTRI 300)

Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application, by Alice Callahan, PhD; Heather Leonard, MEd, RDN; and Tamberly Powell, MS, RDN. CC BY-NC

+ Psychology

General Principles (PSYC 300)

Psychology 2e, by Rose M. Spielman, William J. Jenkins, and Marilyn D. Lovett. CC BY

Culture and Psychology: How People Shape and are Shaped by Culture, by L D Worthy, T Lavigne, and F Romero. CC BY-NC-SA

Social Psychology (PSYC 320)

Together: The Science of Social Psychology (Noba). CC BY-NC-SA

Principles of Social Psychology, by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani and Dr. Hammond Tarry. CC BY-NC-SA

Human Sexuality (PSYC 356)

Introduction to Human Sexuality, by Ericka Goerling and Emerson Wolfe. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Sign Language Studies

American Sign Language 1 (SILA 305)

ASL Signbank, by Julie A. Hochgesang, Onno Crasborn, and Diane Lillo-Martin. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Social Work and Human Services

Introduction to Social Work: A Look Across the Profession, by James Langford and Craig Keaton. CC BY-NC

Introduction to Human Services, by Elizabeth B. Pearce. CC BY

A Toolkit for Teaching Communication Skills in Social Work, by Kelly Allison and Marie Nightbird. CC BY-NC

Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships, by Jason S. Wrench, Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, and Katherine S. Thweatt. CC BY-NC-SA

Treatment of Addictions, Individual and Group Alternative Training, by Whatcom Community College. CC BY

Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (SWHS 302)

Introduction to Social Work (Gladden et al.), by Jessica Gladden et al. CC BY

Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens, by Elizabeth B. Pearce. CC BY

Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, by Miliann Kang, Donovan Lessard, Laura Heston, and Sonny Nordmarken. CC BY

Ethical Issues in Social Work & Human Services (SWHS 350)

Scientific Inquiry in Social Work, by Matthew DeCarlo. CC BY-NC-SA

Social Work & Social Welfare: Modern Practice in a Diverse World, by Mick Cullen and Matthew Cullen. CC BY-NC

A primer on practice evaluation: How to participate in the process of evidence-based practice, by Elspeth Slayter. CC BY-NC-SA

Succeeding at Your Internship - A Handbook Written for and with Students, by Christopher J. Mruk and John C. Moor.

Intro to Case Notes for new social workers, by Tim Wohltmann and Christopher Cajski. CC BY-NC-SA

Instruction in Functional Assessment , by Marcie Desrochers and Moira Fallon. CC BY-NC-SA

Techniques for Interviewing and Case Management Services (SWHS 360)

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness, by Sherri Melrose, Debra Dusome, John Simpson, Cheryl Crocker, and Elizabeth Athens. CC BY

Introduction to Biological Psychology, by Catherine Hall. CC BY-NC

Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Spanish

Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 412)

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Manual (Entrada Libre), by Nancy Ballesteros, Alejandro Lee, Nicolás Cristoso, and Cristina Moon. CC BY-NC-SA

+ Theatre Arts and Film

Introduction to Film (TAFILM 300)

Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema, by Russell Leigh Sharman. CC BY-NC-SA

Exploring Movie Construction & Production: What’s so exciting about movies?, by John Reich. CC BY-NC-SA


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