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¡Voy en camino! book cover

¡Voy en camino!

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)  307 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Constanza Rojas-Primus, Ana Robles

Subject(s): Language learning: grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, Spanish, Language teaching and learning

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 25/09/2023

¡Voy en camino! means “I’m on my way” in Spanish. Since learning an additional language and the culture is a journey in itself, ¡Voy en camino! captures the voyage to get there. ¡Voy en camino! has been created to serve the first two introductory Spanish language courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and to solidify our commitment to Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC). All units of study are designed to be interactive with embedded audio, videos and links for learners to practice the material along the way. Learners can self-pace and self-test their knowledge both individually and with the assistance of an instructor. ¡Voy en camino! has plenty of opportunities to practice writing and speaking with downloadable capabilities becoming a Spanish teaching and learning tool that promotes and supports sustainable renewable learning. With its digital format and open publication ¡Voy en camino! is also meant to join the Spanish teaching open education community and provide access to learning to interested users along the way.

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Introduction to Criminology

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Dr. Shereen Hassan, Dan Lett, MA

Editor(s): Leah Ballantyne, LLB, LLM

Subject(s): Crime and criminology

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 25/09/2023

Although this open education resource (OER) is written with the needs and abilities of first-year undergraduate criminology students in mind, it is designed to be flexible. As a whole, the OER is amply broad to serve as the main textbook for an introductory course, yet each chapter is deep enough to be useful as a supplement for subject-area courses; authors use plain and accessible language as much as possible, but introduce more advanced, technical concepts where appropriate; the text gives due attention to the historical “canon” of mainstream criminological thought, but it also challenges many of these ideas by exploring alternative, critical, and marginalized perspectives. After all, criminology is more than just the study of crime and criminal law; it is an examination of the ways human societies construct, contest, and defend ideas about right and wrong, the meaning of justice, the purpose and power of laws, and the practical methods of responding to broken rules and of mending relationships.

Special thanks to Leah Ballantyne, LLB LLM, a Cree lawyer from the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Pukatawagan, Manitoba, who provided expert Indigenous consultation/editing for this textbook.

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La hora del cuento en español

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Author(s): Constanza Rojas-Primus, Sofía Rodríguez

Editor(s): Constanza Rojas-Primus, Sofía Rodríguez

Subject(s): Children’s picture books, Spanish, Language teaching and learning, Fiction in translation

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 01/09/2023

La hora del cuento en español is a collection of children’s stories in Spanish authored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students and edited by KPU Faculty Constanza Rojas-Primus and KPU alumna Sofía Rodríguez. The first part of this collection is a selection of stories written by KPU Spanish 1100 students between Fall 2017 and Spring 2019 as a result of a collaboration between KPU Spanish and Guildford Public Library Language Literacy Program “Storytime in Spanish”. The second part of this collection is a selection of stories written by KPU Spanish 1101 students between Fall 2020 and Spring 2022 as a result of an interuniversity collaboration in support of UNESCO´s Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030. All stories are narrated by Constanza Rojas-Primus and have been translated into English by Sofía Rodríguez. The illustrations in the cover and first part of this collection are artwork of KPU Fine Arts student Cheyenne Pokeda.

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Developing Organizational and Managerial Wisdom - 2nd Edition

CC BY (Attribution)   English (Canada)

Author(s): Brad C. Anderson

Subject(s): Business and Management, Organizational theory and behaviour, Business ethics and social responsibility, Business studies: general, Business innovation, Business strategy

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 18/08/2023

Can we develop organizational and managerial wisdom? Can we even put words like “organization” and “manager” in the same sentence as wisdom?

You bet we can.

This book presents novel research results in the dynamics of values, rationality, and power in organizations. Through this understanding, readers will gain insights and frameworks to understand others’ actions within their environment. Armed with the knowledge of how values, rationality, and power influence people’s actions, readers will gain tools they can use to navigate the complexity of organizations to foster wise action.

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The Laws of Settlement

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Erick Villagomez

Subject(s): Architectural structure and design, Architectural structure and design

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 21/07/2023

Are there fundamental laws that govern all settlements—from the smallest village to the largest cities? The Laws of Settlements ambitiously describes the principles underlying human settlements of all sizes and across all cultures. It revives, updates and refreshes the ’54 Laws of Settlements’ outlined in Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis’ seminal book Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlements, making them relevant to the problems we face in the 21st century.

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Cases on Social Issues: For Class Discussion - 2nd Edition

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   English

Author(s): Deirdre Maultsaid

Editor(s): Deirdre Maultsaid

Subject(s): Social discrimination and social justice, LGBTQ+ Studies / topics, Indigenous people: governance and politics, Disability: social aspects, Social impact of environmental issues, Health and safety in the workplace, Bullying and harassment

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 18/07/2023

This Open Education resource, “Cases on Social Issues: For Class Discussion – 2nd Edition, includes valuable cases for student use on issues of discrimination, diversity, equity, inclusion and general social issues in the workplace. Included are cases for discussion on workplace scenarios as follows: homophobia; working with Indigenous communities; oil and gas pipelines and the family ranch; invisible disabilities; employee anxiety; safety for women, transgender women and non-binary people; and the bullying of new immigrants and refugees. The critical events portrayed in the cases are realistic and emotional, and most feature the experiences of under-represented and marginalized people. These thoughtful, contemporary cases pose ethical dilemmas about social issues that encourage post-secondary students and instructors to have stimulating, inclusive, and compassionate discussions. Inspired by input from post-secondary students and authored by students and people who are usually under-represented in education material, this resource is designed for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, business, healthcare, science, agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, land use studies, law and more. Each case is supplemented with modifiable discussion prompts, notes for teaching strategies, and a short reading list.    

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The Ancient and Medieval World

CC BY (Attribution)  13 H5P Activities    English (Canada)

Author(s): Adrianna Bakos, Barrie Brill, Niall Christie, Jessica Hemming, Aleksandar Jovanović, Tracey J. Kinney

Subject(s): European history: medieval period, middle ages, Ancient history

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 12/07/2023

The Ancient & Medieval World is a collaborative, open educational resource designed to help students better understand a world long removed from their contemporary experience. The text uses a modular format where students are provided with a brief introduction to each theme, several primary sources, interpretive material written by subject-matter experts, relevant maps and timelines, and visual sources, as well as a glossary of unfamiliar terms. Each module can be used as the foundation of a course assignment or thematic lesson.
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KPU Pressbooks Template

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Author(s): Amanda Grey

Institution(s): Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 26/06/2023

This is a collection of template pages that you can import into your own Pressbooks OER project as a starting point for creating the front and back matter for your project.
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Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction

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Author(s): Dr. Valérie Vézina, Dr. Francis Abiew, Jennifer Anaquod, Dr. Tyler Chamberlain, Frédérick Guillaume Dufour, Dr. Serdar Kaya, Dr. Conrad King, Dr. Logan Masilamani, Dr. Gregory Millard, Dr. Ross Pink, Dave Poitras, Dr. Étienne Schmitt, Dr. Jackie F. Steele, Dr. Arjun Tremblay, Dr. Serbulent Turan, John Wright

Editor(s): Dr. Valérie Vézina

Subject(s): Political science and theory

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 16/06/2023

Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction takes a “pluralist” approach and, in addition to being the first open textbook on its subject, also pushes back against the Eurocentric tendencies of standard textbooks by including chapters on Indigenous worldviews and Confucianism. Providing the latest scholarship on “classical ideologies” (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, etc.), the textbook also includes innovative chapters on populism, feminism, and multiculturalism, as well as looking at the future of ideologies in a globalized world. Joining together scholars from Canada and beyond, the text also contains discussion questions to help students and readers to think further.

This edited open textbook will be a great asset for introductory courses at the college and university levels on political ideologies and political thought and philosophy, but could also be used in other disciplines, as each chapter assesses the state of the ideology in today’s world. The general reader looking for a better understanding of the competing ideological currents of our time – currents which flow into our daily political debates and real-life government decisions – will also greatly benefit from this book.

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MLA Style Citations

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  45 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Ulrike Kestler

Subject(s): Educational material

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Last updated: 16/06/2023

MLA Style Citations covers why it is important to use citations, elements of common source types, and how to create works cited and in-text citations based on the 9th edition MLA guidelines. The sources and activities throughout the tutorial focus on educational content. This tutorial can also be used as a reference resource. This tutorial is adapted from the APA Style Citations Pressbook by Ulrike Kestler.