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OER Textbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are resources that you can take and adapt for use in your own classroom as long as you credit the original authors.  These books are freely available on the web and are also available in a variety of downloadable formats.  If you would like to make use of these books in your course, check the licensing terms for each book to see what options you have.

360 Essentials: A Beginner’s Guide to Immersive Video Storytelling

By Joshua Cameron, Gary Gould, and Adrian Ma

Interest in 360 video and virtual reality has really skyrocketed in recent years and some amazing content is being created. The authors have been exploring and experimenting with 360-degree video, photography and spatial audio recording, and figuring out how these elements can be used to create incredible, immersive experiences. From capturing special events that give you the best seat in the house to producing virtual reality documentaries that make you feel like you’re actually there, creating 360 video and virtual reality (VR) content can be an exciting and uniquely engaging form of storytelling.

License Terms

360 Essentials: A Beginner’s Guide to Immersive Video Storytelling By Joshua Cameron, Gary Gould, and Adrian Ma is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International license.

Communication in Nursing

By Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Michelle Hughes and Joy Garmaise-Yee

This open access textbook is intended to guide best practices in communication in the context of the nursing profession. The resource addresses communication theory, therapeutic communication and interviewing, and interprofessional communication as it relates to nursing. This resource is designed for students in undergraduate nursing programs.

License Terms

Communication in Nursing By Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Michelle Hughes and Joy Garmaise-Yee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International license.

Health History Interview: Virtual Gaming Simulation

By Jennifer Lapum, Michelle Hughes, Joy Garmaise-Yee, Sara Richie, Sherry Espin, Don Rose, Susana Neves-Silva, Oona St-Amant, and Anneke Rumens

This virtual gaming simulation is focused on performing a health history interview with a client moving into a retirement home for a three-week stay. As you play the game, you will be asked questions and you will need to choose the next best action to be taken. When you choose correctly, the video will continue to play on to the next decision point. If you choose the incorrect or not the best answer, you will receive feedback asking you to reflect on the answer you chose. You will then be given another opportunity to try again and choose the correct action that should be taken.

License Terms

Health History Interview: Virtual Gaming Simulation By Jennifer Lapum, Michelle Hughes, Joy Garmaise-Yee, Sara Richie, Sherry Espin, Don Rose, Susana Neves-Silva, Oona St-Amant, and Anneke Rumens is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International license.

Digital Citizenship Toolkit

Edited by Michelle Schwartz

By the end of this book you will have learned how to find and evaluate information, think critically about the production of digital content, protect your privacy and your digital identity, and finally become an active and responsible participant in conversations online – all the skills necessary to being a good digital citizen.

License Terms

Digital Citizenship Toolkit Edited by Michelle Schwartz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International license.

Documentation in Nursing: First Canadian Edition

by Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Charlene Ronquillo, Michelle Hughes, and Joy Garmaise-Yee

This open access textbook is intended to guide best practices of documentation in the nursing profession. This resource is designed for students in undergraduate nursing programs, and addresses principles of documentation, legislation associated with documentation, methods and systems of documentation, and key trends in the future of documentation. Incorporated into this resource is legislation and practice standards specific to the province of Ontario, Canada.

License Terms

Documentation in Nursing by Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Charlene Ronquillo, Michelle Hughes, and Joy Garmaise-Yee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International license.

Now is the Time for Open Educational Resources

by Kelly Dermody, Ann Ludbrook, Nada Savicevic, Michelle Schwartz, Reece Steinberg, and Sally Wilson

Now is the Time for Open Educational Resources lists a broad range of open educational resources (OER), primarily open textbooks, organized by academic programs taught at Toronto Metropolitan University. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by the copyright holder, allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them.

License Terms

Now is the Time for Open Educational Resources by Kelly Dermody, Ann Ludbrook, Nada Savicevic, Michelle Schwartz, Reece Steinberg, and Sally Wilson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International license.

The Scholarship of Writing in Nursing Education

by Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Michelle Hughes, Andy Tan, Arina Bogdan, Frances Dimaranan, Rachel Frantzke, and Nada Savicevic

This open access textbook is intended to guide best practices in the journey of scholarly writing in the context of the nursing profession. This resource is designed for students in undergraduate nursing programs and may also be useful for students in other health-related post-secondary programs, graduate students, and healthcare providers. The project is supported and funded by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library OER Grant.

License Terms

The Scholarship of Writing in Nursing Education by Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Michelle Hughes, Andy Tan, Arina Bogdan, Frances Dimaranan, Rachel Frantzke, and Nada Savicevic, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Mathematics for Public and Occupational Health Professionals

Mathematics for Public and Occupational Health Professionals

edited by Ian Young

This textbook was created to support the study of key mathematical concepts and skills among future occupational and public health professionals. Specifically, it contains material adapted from multiple existing resources on college- and university-level mathematics.

The material is designed for first-year undergraduate occupational and public health students with different backgrounds in mathematics. The material is intended to prepare students for more advanced quantitative courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, and risk assessment, among others.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download for off-line reading.

License Terms

Mathematics for Public and Occupational Health Professionals edited by Ian Young, Toronto Metropolitan University  is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Introduction to Web Accessibility

by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School

With raised awareness and accessibility laws emerging around the world, understanding what inclusive access to the Web means is becoming necessary knowledge for anyone who produces digital content. Much of the current information on Web accessibility requires some technical understanding, and may be difficult to consume for the average person. This book will “interpret” the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), to make it easier to understand for a general audience. You will have an opportunity to experience barriers firsthand, then experience that content with the barriers removed, developing a practical understanding of web accessibility.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download for off-line reading.

License Terms

Introduction to Web Accessibility by Toronto Metropolitan University, The Chang School is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Pop-up Retail Strategies in an Omnichannel Context

Pop-up Retail Strategies in an Omni-Channel Context

by Hong Yu, Sean Sedlezky, Ken Wong, Tony Hernandez, Pauline Larsen, and Gay Stephenson

Pop-up shops are temporary stores that “pop up” for a few days or months. They are a new form of retail operations that have gained popularity in the past decade. Retailers and brands of all sizes have implemented pop-up shops – from global and national retail chains, to small independent stores and even e-commerce pure players – that have positioned these initiatives as a marketing & communication tool, as incubators to test a market and/or new products, or as inventory liquidation venues. Pop-up shops have also been established as a solution for revitalizing communities where significant storefront vacancies exist.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download for off-line reading.

Licensing Terms

Pop-up Retail Strategies in an Omnichannel Context by Toronto Metropolitan University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan

Vital Sign Measurement across the Lifespan

by Jennifer L. Lapum, Margaret Verkuyl, Wendy Garcia, Oona St-Amant and Andy Tan

The purpose of this textbook is to help learners develop best practices in vital sign measurement. Using a multi-media approach, it provides opportunities to read about, observe, practice, and test vital sign measurement.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf and epub formats.  Print-on-Demand versions (Black and White or Colour) of this book can be ordered from the Bookstore at the University of Waterloo at a minimal cost.

Licensing Terms

Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan – 1st Canadian edition by Toronto Metropolitan University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


The Art of Serious Game Design

by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto Metropolitan University

A hands-on workshop for developing educational games: Facilitator guide.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf, epub and other formats.

Licensing Terms

The Art of Serious Game Design by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto Metropolitan University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Web Design Primer

by Richard Adams and Ahmed Sagarwala

This book was written for a one-semester course in web design for students in Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) and may also be useful for high school, community college, or training center courses on beginning web design — or for anyone who wants to read the book and complete the tutorials on their own.

The goal of the book is to provide students with a reference on some of the latest web design practices that is short and to-the-point, low-cost, and readily accessible.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf, epub and other formats.

License Terms

Web Design Primer by Richard Adams and Ahmed Sagarwala is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy
Essential Skills for Web Developers, Content Creators, and Designers

by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School

Digital accessibility skills are in high demand, as the world becomes more aware of barriers in digital content that prevent some people from participating in a digital society. These are essential skills for web developers, and essential knowledge for organizations that want to ensure their web content is reaching the broadest audience possible.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf, epub and other formats.

License Terms

Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Digital Accessibility as a Business Practice Essential Skills for Business Leaders

by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School

This book provides business leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively enable digital accessibility in an organization through cultural change, raising awareness of its importance, and equipping employees with the specific tools and knowledge they need to address digital accessibility as part of their everyday work.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf, epub and other formats.

License Terms

Digital Accessibility as a Business Practice by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Web Accessibility for Developers Essential Skills for Web Developers

by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School

Web Accessibility for Developers is a technical book aimed primarily at programmers. Learn how to develop accessible interactivity on the Web and gain expertise using WAI-ARIA, a W3C specification that enables optimal use of assistive technologies, like screen readers, when navigating the Web.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf, epub and other formats.

License Terms

Web Accessibility for Developersby Toronto Metropolitan University, The Chang School is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


Zero Textbook Cost Degree Toolkit

by Ann Ludbrook

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License Terms

Zero Textbook Cost Degree Toolkit by Ann Ludbrook, Toronto Metropolitan University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

This book is a practical guide to adapting or creating open textbooks using the Pressbooks platform. It is continually evolving as new information, practices and processes are developed. The primary audience for this book is community members at Toronto Metropolitan University, Ontario who are interested in creating Open Educational Resources; however, there may be content within this book that is useful to others working on similar Open Educational Resource initiatives.
 
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License Terms

Ryerson Open Textbook Authoring Guide by Toronto Metropolitan University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Digital Photography for Graphic Communications

by Richard Adams and Reem el Asaleh, Martin Habekost, Jason Lisi, Art Seto

Digital Photography for Graphic Communications is based on a 2009 print book by the authors that was called Digital Photography for Print and published by the Printing Industries of America (PIA) Press.

The authors realize that graphic communications management has expanded to include a multitude of media in addition to print, especially the web and apps. Thus we decided to revise the original book with a more inclusive title.  Since digital cameras have mostly replaced colour scanners, graphic communicators need to capture images for use in magazines, catalogs, brochures, packages, signs, banners—all forms of printed materials—and also for eBooks, web sites, and apps.

Visit this book’s website to read online or download in pdf, epub and other formats.

License Terms

Digital Photography for Graphic Communications by Richard Adams and Reem el Asaleh, Martin Habekost, Jason Lisi, Art Seto is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


 

Write Here, Right Now

by Aaron Tucker and Paul Chafe

Write Here, Right Now: An Interactive Introduction to Academic Writing and Research uses PressBooks to create and host a writing e-textbook for first year university students that can be effectively integrate into a flipped classroom model.

Read this book online or download for off-line reading.

Licensing Terms

This textbook has been created with a CC BY 4.0 license which means that you are free to use and adapt this text as long as you credit the authors.