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Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success

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Are you a (project) engineer with a technical background but lack management knowledge? Are you eager to improve project performance and want to expand your knowledge? This business and management course will focus on the necessary project management skills to successfully manage projects, distinguishing three areas: The project manager and the team The project process The project context The course focuses on the early project phases, including examples from technical projects within various sectors and industries (amongst others, but not limited to, infrastructure projects and construction projects). At the end of this course, you will have created your own project execution plan, either in a team effort or on individual basis. Of course, the team effort allows for a special learning experience and we appraise active team participation.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Marian Bosch-Rekveldt, Hans Bakker, Marcel Hertogh

ARCS Motivation and Distance Learning

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The first published account of the theorizing that was involved in the development of John M. Keller’s ARCS model is contained in a 1979 publication entitled Motivation and Instructional Design: A Theoretical Perspective. At that early stage, Keller explains his working definition, “motivation is generally defined as that which accounts for the arousal, direction, and sustenance of behavior” (Keller, 1979, p. 29). The emergence of Keller’s model was heavily influenced by a research into a variety of underlying motivational constructs. The theoretical alignment of the original ARCS model is covered more in-depth in the theoretical alignment section. The ARCS model has an official website. This textbook explores the ARCS model.

Material Type: Student Guide


Logo Recognition Game

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This logo recognition game was developed to see how quickly students recognize a logo based on seeing small parts of the logo first. As an engaging game, this might be a great way to kick off a logo project and discuss the importance of simple recognizable icons. You may copy the game file and edit it as you see fit for your classroom!

Material Type: Game, Interactive, Lecture Notes, Lesson

Author: Ryland Perry

The OER Starter Kit - Simple Book Publishing

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This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education. While some of the content included in the handbook is Iowa State University-specific, these examples are few and I have tried to make the text as generalizable as possible. I welcome any comments for potential edits and additions to the text and will add an errata/tracking changes page to the front matter in the future. I especially welcome comments on my Diversity and Inclusion chapter, since I am not the most well-versed on that topic. If you would like to adapt the text for use at your institution, please let me know so I can add links to your adaptations in the future. If you are interested in working with me on a second edition in the future, feel free to reach out! I'd love to make a more advanced version with additional sections for OER program managers and librarians. The OER Starter Kit was originally adapted from the ABOER Starter Kit, but blossomed into a much larger project over the past few months. It includes content from Billy Meinke's excellent UH OER Training manual, SUNY's wonderful OER Community Courses, and others, all of which can be found on the kit's Attribution page and on the footnotes of their corresponding chapters.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Abbey Elder

Professional and Technical Writing

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This textbook for professional and technical communication is a compilation of several Open Resource materials. The purpose in its design is to provide a wide variety of materials on subjects in professional and technical communication, and to offer several different perspectives and delivery modes of those materials.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Suzie Baker