Kevin Barksdale (Marshall University) and Ken Fones-Wolf (West Virginia University) assembled this collection of essays, mostly from the journal they edit, West Virginia History, to serve as a reader for courses on the Mountain State’s history.View West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader
The 2017 directory for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at West Virginia University is an open-access resource for faculty instructors to learn about each others' scholarly–pedagogical work and to build collaborations where possible. This inaugural SoTL directory began as a collaboration between the Teaching and Learning Commons and the Digital Publishing Institute, and we hope it introduces you to a few of the scholars on campus doing outstanding pedagogical research.View SoTL Directory
Bad Ideas About Writing counters major myths about writing instruction. Inspired by the provocative science- and social-science-focused book This Idea Must Die and written for a general audience, the collection offers opinionated, research-based statements intended to spark debate and to offer a better way of teaching writing. Contributors, as scholars of rhetoric and composition, provide a snapshot of major myths about writing instruction in these essays. This collection is published in whole by the Digital Publishing Institute and in part by Inside Higher Ed.View Bad Ideas About Writing
Derek Mueller advocates for a methodology that will be used to visualize and understand networks better in his book Network Sense. Mueller’s methodology combines distant reading with thin description in a way that allows academics to avoid the obsessive depth of thick description. Distant reading and thin description complement rational logics with networks of association in a way that affords inquiry and discovery for newcomers and seasoned scholars alike. This book is published by the WAC Clearinghouse/Colorado State University Open Press #writing book series.View Network Sense
We provide each of our textbooks in the following formats: HTML, PDF, and EPUB. An EPUB (electronic publication) is the most popular open, free electronic book format. EPUB files can be opened on systems such as Barnes and Noble’s Nook, iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone, and the Sony Reader. Amazon’s Kindle does not currently support the EPUB format. Other devices that support EPUB formats include Moon+ Reader and Wordplayer on Android devices, apps such as Freda on Windows Phone 7, and Mozilla Firefox browser add-ons such as EPUBReader and Okular.
All three formats (HTML, PDF, EPUB) should be easily readable on most mobile devices and e-readers. But they can also be read on computers using iBooks on Mac OS X and Calibre for Mac, Windows, and Linux. There are also web browser-based EPUB readers, such as Google Play Books (you can upload your own EPUB files), and the browser add-on Readium.
We recommend the following applications and readers for viewing.
Open Access Textbooks is an open access textbook project created through West Virginia University with the goal of producing cost-effective and high quality products that engage authors, faculty, and students. This project is supported by the Digital Publishing Institute and West Virginia University Libraries and is available in HTML, PDF, and EPub formats.
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