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Displaced: the Face of Homelessness Editor: David Blumenkrantz, Journalism

Displaced: the Face of Homelessness

Editor: David Blumenkrantz, Journalism

Rather than being created for a course, this book was created by students, with the final editing done by the instructor. The myCSUNtablet Documentary Photojournalism class of Spring 2015 investigated homelessness in Los Angeles. Reports on the root causes, symptoms, solutions and personal stories of homelessness are at the core of the book.

Free in the iBooks Store.

 A Northridge Natural History Author: Paul Wilson, Biology

A Northridge Natural History

Author: Paul Wilson, Biology

Ecology and evolution are introduced during the course of a series of field trips upon which the common plants and animals of southern California are seen. The scientific method and other aspects of the philosophy of science as it relates to natural history, ecology, and evolution are introduced. The book was written for a general-education class at California State University, Northridge, but it is friendly to other budding naturalists in the region.

Free in the iBooks Store.

 Wildlife Ecology: Modeling and Analysis Author: Tim Karels, Biology 

Wildlife Ecology: Modeling and Analysis

Author: Tim Karels, Biology

This workbook covers population ecology as applied to terrestrial animals. It is meant to be used by biology majors as a supplement to the lecture course, field studies and computer lab. It helps them learn Excel and more specialized programs. Some of the exercises are computer simulations; others use field data. 

In use by students now, to be released publicly.

 Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder Author: Aimie Kachingwe, Physical Therapy

Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder

Author: Aimie Kachingwe, Physical Therapy

Techniques in physical therapy are demonstrated in a large number of very short videos. Text and images explain how to examine and treat patients with shoulder problems. Similar iBooks present information on each joint of the body.

Available only to students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

 Participatory Journalism: Citizens as Reporters Author: Melissa Wall, Journalism

Participatory Journalism: Citizens as Reporters

Author: Melissa Wall, Journalism

With the spread of smart phones and social media sites, someone is likely to be present at many news-worthy events, capturing it in pixels and writing down observations. These ‘reports’ are noticed by that person’s network, but also sometimes used by the mainstream media as tips and in their reporting.

Download to iPad or Mac. 

 

 Biology 100 Author: Cheryl Van Buskirk. Edited by Daniel Odom and Illustrated by Jessie MNG Lopez

Biology 100

Author: Cheryl Van Buskirk. Edited by Daniel Odom and  Illustrated by Jessie MNG Lopez

This book is meant to replace the standard textbook for our biology non-majors course BIOL 100. As BIOL 100 is not currently an all-iPad class, this book is available as a series of PDF chapters, with active links to articles and video tutorials.

Go to public website.

 
 Introduction to GIS: a workbook for GIS lab Authors: Regan Maas & Soheil Boroushaki, Geography 

Introduction to GIS: a workbook for GIS lab

Authors: Regan Maas & Soheil Boroushaki, Geography

The core of this lab manual walks students through how to use geographic information systems software. Step by step instructions are accompanied by voice-overed screen captures. Students are then challenged with assignments to cement what they have learned.

In use by students now, to be released publicly.

  Living in Prosthetics Author: Victoria Graham, Physical Therapy

Living in Prosthetics

Author: Victoria Graham, Physical Therapy

An exploration of the physical rehabilitation process after limb loss. Causes of limb loss vary, and can be from birth, disease or trauma. The interactive format has questions, video, and links to the latest research articles. Readers will be able to view specific rehabilitative techniques and meet inspiring people living and thriving in prosthetics. With this holistic approach, rehabilitation focuses not on the limb lost, but on the personal journey forward.

Available only to students in the doctoral program for Physical Therapy.

  Spoken Language and Audiology for Teachers of the Deaf Authors: Rachel Friedman Narr & Mallorie Evans

Spoken Language and Audiology for Teachers of the Deaf

Authors: Rachel Friedman Narr & Mallorie Evans

This iBook presents essential content of what teachers need to know to facilitate spoken language skills for the range of deaf/hard of hearing students in their ASL/English classrooms. The content is intended to get teachers started by establishing an open-minded and empowered approach toward educating deaf students in today's classrooms. The presentation is minimally technical.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

  Why Professors Don't Have to Become Extinct Like Dinosaurs: Considerations for Novice e-Book Faculty Authors Author Marilyn Joshua Williams, Ph.D., Academic Technology Fellow

Why Professors Don't Have to Become Extinct Like Dinosaurs: Considerations for Novice e-Book Faculty Authors

Author: Marilyn Joshua Williams, Ph.D., Academic Technology Fellow

This book is written for the faculty member who has little experience with technology, but is interested in learning how to create an e-Book using a tool called iBooks Author. It is written with a sense of humor, and provides both: (1) a glimpse into some of the early instruction received, and (2) advice that is passed along to assist other first-time authors experience success.

Download to iPad or Mac with CSUN authentication.

 Introduction to Philosophy Authors: Julie Yoo and Robert Gressis, Philosophy 

Introduction to Philosophy

Authors: Julie Yoo and Robert Gressis, Philosophy

The iBook starts by teaching philosophical tools—arguments, definitions, thought experiments, distinctions. The rest of the chapters take up classic topics in philosophy—personal identity, the mind-body problem, free will, knowledge, God, and right or wrong. Various (often contrasting) arguments are presented in text and in short lectures as though on a chalkboard.

In use by students now, to be released publicly.

 Program Planning & Evaluation Manual Authors: Bethany Rainisch & Sloane Burke, Health Sciences 

Program Planning & Evaluation Manual

Authors: Bethany Rainisch & Sloane Burke, Health Sciences

Senior seminar students are to implement public health projects in the community, collaborating with each other. All the forms, guidelines, and supplemental resources and content for doing so are in the manual.

Available only to students in the Health Sciences program.

  Public Speaking & Chicana/os Author: Yarma Velazquez Vargas

Public Speaking & Chicana/os

Author: Yarma Velazquez Vargas

This book is an introduction to Public Speaking, meant to replace a commercial text for CHS 151. It uses active links to speeches that address contemporary issue that affect the Latina/o and Chicana/o community.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

  Your Best Professional Self: A Rhetorical Approach to Business Communications Author: Amber Norwood, English

Your Best Professional Self: A Rhetorical Approach to Business Communications

Author: Amber Norwood, English

Adapted from course lectures and keeping the conversational, anecdotal quality of a personal dialogue, this eText is designed for use in online business communication classes. Chapters address the writing process, formal and informal communication situations, and verbal and written forms of communication; all are approached in terms of the rhetorical situation. In addition to sample documents and assignments, each chapter is supplemented by an audio version of the chapter read by the author.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

 Read All Over: Practical Editing Guide for the Modern Multimedia Environment Author: Tim Whyte, Journalism 

Read All Over: Practical Editing Guide for the Modern Multimedia Environment

Author: Tim Whyte, Journalism

The role of editors has changed. Now they must have much more of a two-way real-time conversation with “readers.” Moreover, the media are new and merged. This book sets forth the work of today’s journalistic editors.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

 Democracy in Transition Author: Matthew Cahn, Political Science 

Democracy in Transition

Author: Matthew Cahn, Political Science

This brief civics book is ideal for a class that fulfills the Title V requirement in the context of a theme other than civics per se. The basics of how U.S. government works are covered. The growth and redefinition of U.S. institutions are illustrated using embedded news media from past decades.

Available only to CSUN students.

 Introduction to Human Geography: a Disciplinary Approach Author: Steve Graves, Geography 

Introduction to Human Geography: a Disciplinary Approach

Author: Steve Graves, Geography

Graves' new introductory text takes uses a disciplinary approach and local examples to help students begin to see, think, solve problems and communicate using the epistemology, methodologies and tools of the geographer. Traditional topics, including politics, language, religion, agriculture and economics are addressed, alongside some less traditional ones –like the geography of crime, disease/health and popular music.

In preparation, to be released publicly in PDF, DOC, and HTML.

 Business Analysis and Valuation: A Strategic Approach Authors: Rishma Vedd & Nataliya Yassinski 

Business Analysis and Valuation: A Strategic Approach

Authors: Rishma Vedd & Nataliya Yassinski

Financial statement analysis and valuation is the process of sequentially analyzing a company’s financial statements and determining its value. It analyzes the company’s strategy, industry, financial reporting, and business valuation and leads to understanding of the company’s performance and a reasonable valuation estimates. This iBook uses analytical tools and various techniques of business valuation including prospective analysis.

Available only to CSUN students in the Master of Science in Accountancy program.

 A Selective Introduction to Instrumental Analysis Author: Simon Garrett, Chemistry & Biochemistry 

A Selective Introduction to Instrumental Analysis

Author: Simon Garrett, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Emphasis is on the operating principles of certain instruments that CSUN students use and the physicochemical phenomena that underlie measurement from those machines. Techniques from the three main areas of instrumental analysis—electrochemistry, spectroscopy and chromatography—are exemplified, but the iBook is an alternative to expensive encyclopedic texts.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

 The Machinery of Life Editor: Chhandak Basu, Biology 

The Machinery of Life

Editor: Chhandak Basu, Biology

This lab manual is used by over 600 students per year in classes that require an iPad. It consists of demonstration videos showing how to do lab procedures, PDF instructions that walk students through the experiments, and assignments to be uploaded.

Available only to CSUN students.

 Examination and Treatment of the Cervical Spine Author: Aimie Kachingwe, Physical Therapy 

Examination and Treatment of the Cervical Spine

Author: Aimie Kachingwe, Physical Therapy

Techniques in physical therapy are demonstrated in a large number of very short videos. Text and images explain how to examine and treat patients with neck problems. Similar iBooks present information on each region of the spine.

Available only to students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

 A Repertoire of Biostatistics Author: Paul Wilson, Biology 

A Repertoire of Biostatistics: Lean Lectures and Exercises to Build Intuition

Author: Paul Wilson, Biology

The first half of the book explains how to do analyses of fully randomized experiments and censuses. Design is discussed in the center of the book. More complex tests are taught thereafter. Many tips are given on graphing. Videos show how to work in Excel and Systat. The problem sets involve running analyses on linked data; they are challenging and should be worked as a learning community.

In use by students; download draft to iPad or Mac.

 Doing Calculus All Night Long Author: Bruce E. Shapiro, Mathematics 

Doing Calculus All Night Long

Author: Bruce E. Shapiro, Mathematics

This is a standard college calculus text that is free. Students learn by a close alternation of reading and working problems.

In use by students, to be released publicly.

 Ecology and People: an Interrelationship of Necessity Author: Tim Karels, Biology 

Ecology and People: an Interrelationship of Necessity

Author: Tim Karels, Biology

This is a born-digital text with author-programmed widgets that use motion, random numbers, loops, etc. as a mode of teaching. The book is themed to appreciate ecology locally, regionally, and globally. All the standard environmental problems are treated and updated as data and projections are published.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

 Nonflowering Plants Author: Paul Wilson, Biology 

Nonflowering Plants

Author: Paul Wilson, Biology

The methods of biological systematics are explored in between surveying liverworts, mosses, ferns, conifers, etc. Local plants are emphasized. Videos of life cycles form the structure for learning information, and photo galleries and activities cement that knowledge. The book is open to the world, made with students, and placed in Softchalk.

Go to website (stripped of readings intended for classroom discussion).

 Perception: A Guide to Visual Communication Author: David Blumenkrantz, Journalism 

Perception: A Guide to Visual Communication

Author: David Blumenkrantz, Journalism

This 450+ page PDF contains hundreds of photographs and links to videos, websites, podcasts and academic documents that provide theoretical, practical, historical and contemporary context to the topics and concepts of visual communication in the mass media.

In use by students; download with CSUN authentication.

  Mass Media Montage Author: Dianah Wynter, Cinema and Television Arts

Mass Media Montage

Author: Dianah Wynter, Cinema and Television Arts

An anthology of works by authors and educators in the fields of mass media, including film, internet, television, journalism, and the persuasion industries, advertising and public relations. This ebook is designed for an introductory course in mass media and mass communication. It is augmented by hyperlinks to related readings, websites and video clips from a variety of sources.

Available only to CSUN students.

A Gentle Introduction to Abstract Algebra Author: B. Al Sethuraman, Mathematics  

A Gentle Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Author: B. Al Sethuraman, Mathematics

This book introduces the basic objects of abstract algebra—rings and fields, vector spaces, and groups—in a gentle, conversational style. It is ideal for self study, and can be read by anyone with a high school mathematics background and a genuine curiosity about higher mathematics. The focus of the book is on examples, and on working through these examples. The book is peppered with questions and exercises, designed to make students think about what they have just read, and to work out examples in full by themselves. The tablet version has videos in the form of short "chalkboard" lectures to aid in study.

In preparation, to be made available publicly.

 From Space to Time: Making the Transition from 2-D Art to Video & Motion Author: Ron Saito, Art 

From Space to Time: Making the Transition from 2-D Art to Video & Motion

Author: Ron Saito, Art

This e-text helps visual artists move from 2D spatial concerns to the time-based world of video. This approach synthesizes art, film, experimental animation, design, and performance.

ToC, Ch 1, Ch 6 only released to public at this time; others in use and being vetted by students.

 Community Health Action Reader Editor: Kathleen Young, Health Sciences 

Community Health Action Reader

Editor: Kathleen Young, Health Sciences

This book assembles case studies of health programs around the country with slideshows that abstract the principles of putting together a good health action plan for a community. Students write reflection responses to each chapter.

Available only to students in Health Sciences Program.

  Web-based Game Development with Javascript

Jake Web, an Introduction to Web-based Game Development with Javascript

Author: Jacob Enfield, Cinema and Television Arts

This series of about 50 lessons teaches students how to program using simple games as the objects of their creation. The web pages students then make can almost walk off the screen. The lessons are available to the world. Students actually enrolled in the class complete the lessons as homework and get help with their more elaborate projects in class.

LINK.

  Working With Children at Home Parent Tip 15: How to Improve Your Child’s Narrative Writing by Using a Retelling Model Authors: Marilyn Joshua Williams, Ph.D. & Nancy Prosenjakhave, Ph.D., Elementary Education

Working With Children at Home Parent Tip 15: How to Improve Your Child’s Narrative Writing by Using a Retelling Model

Authors: Marilyn Joshua Williams, Ph.D. &  Nancy Prosenjakhave, Ph.D., Elementary Education

This book is part of a series of tips to support parents working on writing with their children at home. Parent Tip No. 15 provides a step-by-step series of instructions explaining how children can examine the writing style of an author — similar to studying the work of a great painter— to write a “brand new” story of their own. Helpful resources for parents are included.

To be released in the iBooks Store.

  Athletic Training Administration Author: Danielle Jarvis, Kinesiology

Athletic Training Administration

Author: Danielle Jarvis, Kinesiology

This workbook is intended as a companion to the course textbook and lectures. Interactive features highlight main points and provide tips for completing assignments, and text and images review the important concepts from class with links for more in-depth exploration of many ideas.  

In use by students; download to iPad or Mac with CSUN authentication. 
  World Arts: Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Author: Peri Klemm, Art

World Arts: Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Author: Peri Klemm, Art

This art history eText is composed of 17 chapters of text, articles, images, hyperlinks, videos on non-Western art. It will be the primary book for all sections of ART 112 taught in the traditional, hybrid, and online formats. Created in SoftChalk and accessible across devices. 

In use and being vetted by students, to be released publicly.

  Electrocardiography for Physical Therapists Author: Janna Beling, Physical Therapy

Electrocardiography for Physical Therapists

Author: Janna Beling, Physical Therapy

The iBook is designed for physical therapist students and begins with coronary anatomy and physiology, EKG waves and complexes, and then leads to morphology and rhythms. Students learn to calculate heart rates, interpret rhythms, and determine best PT treatment practices for people with cardiac arrhythmias. There are videos of EKG rhythms, practice strips, and critical thinking exercises. Available only to students in the CSUN PT doctoral program.​

Available only to students in the doctoral program for Physical Therapy. 
  Take the Note … and other lessons I picked up Author: Shad Willingham, Theatre

Take the Note … and other lessons I picked up

Author: Shad Willingham, Theatre

Actor, director, playwright and theatre professor Shad Willingham provides an “etiquette book” to help beginning acting students learn how to act like a professional. 

In preparation, to be released publicly.

  Exploration into the Human Body Author: Beth Phillips, Physical Therapy

Exploration into the Human Body

Author: Beth Phillips, Physical Therapy

Anatomy lab dissection manual with interactive pictures and diagrams, video clips, photo galleries and quizzes alongside descriptions of how to proceed with dissections, discussion of important anatomical features, and patient case-based problem solving to solidify and apply knowledge. 

Available only to students in the doctoral program for Physical Therapy.

  An Introduction to Modern Astronomy Author: Damian Christian, Physics & Astronomy

An Introduction to Modern Astronomy

Author: Damian Christian, Physics and Astronomy

This is a book for general education astronomy. It shows students how our understanding has changed from thinking of the universe as a very small place centered around the Earth and based on superstition to a very dynamic, expanding universe, in which we are nowhere special. We have figured this out using the scientific method. The goal is for the book to inspire students to seek knowledge about the stars.

In preparation.

Biostatistics Lab, Author Myriam Forster, Health Sciences  

Biostatistics Lab

Author: Myriam Forster, Health Sciences

This iBook walks students through how to use SPSS screen by screen. Early chapters focus on the mechanics of calculating different kinds of averages and measures of variation. Sampling is considered carefully. Later chapters present significance tests that depend on the nature of the data. The book is full of examples and in-class exercises. Data files are provided separately. This is a hands-on manual for a lab that should be taken by students who are also taking a lecture course.

In use by students.

  

Laboratories on Biodiversity

Authors: Jim Dole, Randy Cohen, Jennifer Matos, Paul Wilson, Biology

This iBook is a survey of the diversity of life. It is full of photographs, videos, and interactive widgets. It takes advantage of campus organisms wherever possible. It is a hands-on manual for a lab that should be taken by students who are also taking a lecture course.

In use by students.

  

The Minimalist Structural Relations

Author: Enchao Shi, English

This teach how to parse English prose. What are the rules of our language? How can they be recognized? How do we construct phrases within phrases?

Parts in use by students.

  

Applied Ethics

Author: Jennifer Thompson, Religious Studies

This highly accessible workbook cycles through presenting bulleted overviews, links to videos or readings, and pages with questions and space for a student to write answers. Early chapters contrast various positions on the source of ethics. Later chapters reach for a deeper application to issues of poverty, food, and immigration.

In review.

  

Introduction to NXT, NXC, and C/C++

Author: George Law, Electrical and Computer Engineering

This ePub is accompanied by laboratory exercises, interactive quizzes and videos that are meant to play on nearly any device. Many of the programming examples relate to robotics and control applications. The course is definitively not just about software, but hardware as well.

In preparation; parts in use by students.

  

Evidence-Based Reading Intervention Strategies for Special Educators

Authors: Vanessa Goodwin and Sally Spencer, Special Education

This iBook addresses the skills and competencies needed for new teachers to teach reading to students with mild to moderate disabilities. Teachers will learn how to identify their struggling learners’ strengths and challenges, and how to explicitly teach skills for comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and decoding. Through a series of interactive widgets and a slew of classroom ready activities, teachers will increase their skills in collaborative teaching of the critical skills important to struggling readers.

In use by students now; to be released publicly after revision.

  

Research Methods

Author: Scott Plunkett, Psychology

This eText covers a general overview of research methodology and scholarship in social sciences. Web-based activities follow most sections.

To be released free to the public.

  

Writing for Performance: Playwriting for the 21st Century

Author: Rick Mitchell, English

This eText examines various approaches to playwriting and performance, from realism to more experimental work. In addition to covering accepted conventions of theater and playwriting, the book includes strategies for altering and undermining such conventions. Exercises and writing prompts encourage students to create performance texts that are both effective and innovative, and there are numerous links to video clips and other resources.

To be released to the public.

  

Great Questions in Politics

Author: David Leitch, Political Science

This reader contains classic writings about politics from Socrates to Kropotkin. What is justice? When is power legitimate? How can differences be managed? Readers should be developing their own answers and reasons for their answers. Each piece is annotated to guide readers and to overcome archaic language.

In use by students, to be released publicly.

  The Student Guide to News Literacy: How to be a Critical News Consumer Author: Barbara Eisenstock, Journalism

The Student Guide to News Literacy: How to be a Critical News Consumer

Author: Bobbie Eisenstock, Journalism

An essential guide to critical news analysis in the ever-evolving digital media landscape. Applying a media literacy framework to journalism practices and standards, this inquiry-driven primer teaches students strategies to understand the nature of news, judge the reliability of news reports, and evaluate the agenda-setting effect from print, TV, radio, online, and personal social networks. Emphasizes critical thinking skills that Journalism majors and non-majors need to be informed citizens who meaningfully participate in a democratic society.

In use by students, to be released publicly.

Central American Social Movements Author: Linda Alvarez, Central American Studies  

Central American Social Movements

Author: Linda Alvarez, Central American Studies

This book specifically focuses on social movements that have shaped Central American society. Each section of this book will provide students with an understanding of the trajectory of specific social movements. Through this text students will be able to examine the ways in which Central American people develop social organization in response to the challenges posed by the state, multi-national corporations, gender differences, ethnic differences and other dominant forces.

In preparation, to be released publicly.

  

Approaches to University Writing: The Strength and the Struggles of Black Women

Author: Sheba Lo, Africana Studies

Writing activities, samples essays, and instructional videos provide the basis to develop more advanced aspects of student writing. Pre-reading and post-reading activities, introductions to texts, and cultural and historical contexts enhance student comprehension of the texts they will outline, analyze, and incorporate into their writing. The eText is organized into three projects — Project Space: Black Women’s Bodies and Space; Project Web: Reimagining the Black Women’s Image; and Project Text: For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf.

In preparation.

  

From Mars to Venus: Modern European History. A Source Reader

Author: Donal O'Sullivan, History

Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus, critics have said. Yet, historically, Europeans have experienced plenty of wars: conflicts over religion, territory, and hegemony. As Europe went from dominating the globe to a ‘small peninsula’, its citizens have attempted to establish new forms of peaceful cooperation, culminating in the 1957 Treaty of Rome — the birth of the European Union. This book assembles primary sources to trace the difficult path from war to peace.

In preparation.