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Español down under: Spanish for Australia and New Zealand book cover

Español down under: Spanish for Australia and New Zealand

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   English (United Kingdom)

Author(s): Ramon Lopez Castellano, Israel Holas, Fanny Rios Rodriguez

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

Institution(s): Deakin University

Publisher: Deakin University

Last updated: 17/07/2023

This book focuses on a hands-on, student-centric approach to learning Spanish. Designed for the Australian and New Zealand environment for use at Deakin University, currently available is foundation level content, suitable for a first introduction to Spanish speaking. The resource is still in development with additional content progressing to more advanced skill levels currently under development.
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Anatomical Variation: An Australian and New Zealand Context

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)  49 H5P Activities    English (United Kingdom)

Author(s): Laura S. Gregory, Annabelle L. Kimmorley, Mikaela S. Reynolds

Subject(s): Anatomy, Clinical and internal medicine, Regional anatomy, Dissection, Medical imaging, For higher / tertiary / university education

Institution(s): Queensland University of Technology

Publisher: Queensland University of Technology

Last updated: 05/07/2023

The anatomy of our outwardly facing physical appearance exhibits great diversity between individuals, from different eye, skin and hair colour to the size of our feet and our height. However, it is less known whether our anatomy differs beneath the surface… is the anatomy of the internal organs the same between individuals? Most textbooks would like you to think so with simplified standard descriptions of human anatomy such as the lung lobes and fissures, aortic arch branches and bone numbers. But this eBook is different. Here we build your understanding of the scope and clinical importance of human anatomical variation to improve your clinical skills as a health professional or biomedical scientist.

Anatomical variation is described as the differences in macroscopic morphology (shape and size), topography (location), developmental timing or frequency (number) of an anatomical structure between individuals. It presents during embryological or subadult development and results in no substantive observable interruption to physiological function. Every organ displays an array of anatomical phenotypes, and for these reasons the anatomy of each person is considered a variant. Understanding anatomical variation is essential for all health professionals to avoid patient misdiagnosis such as confusing a natural variant with a pathology, minimise surgical or procedural errors that may occur if variations are unexpected, and ultimately improve patient outcomes by applying culturally safe practices.

This textbook is designed to actively engage your exploration and critical analysis of human anatomical variation in an Australian and New Zealand context. Research in anatomical variation has demonstrated significant differences in phenotypic expression of variants between and within geographic, ancestral and socioeconomic populations, as well as displaying significant variance between males and females. It is therefore critical as a health professional to understand anatomical variation in the context of the population you intend to practice in. This textbook compiles this critical information into an easy to read summary of the range and frequency of anatomical phenotypes in Australian and New Zealand patients by drawing from contemporary anatomical science research. Anatomical variation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples has also been highlighted where research is available.

The textbook is organised to complement your health science studies by developing your depth of understanding to address three critical themes in anatomical variation:

  • Theme 1: Categorise and describe a range of anatomical variation within the human body.
  • Theme 2: Theorise the implications of anatomical variation on patient outcomes and in professional contexts.
  • Theme 3: Investigate the process of anatomical variation formation and its potential causes.

Each chapter employs a multimodal and active learning approach using text and video summaries of key information, checkpoint quizzes, interactive images, clinical and professional discussion activities, and recommended readings. In this way, the activities in this textbook can be easily embedded into existing health science curricula to strengthen anatomical variation understanding in all health professional courses.

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Mathematical Reasoning and Investigation

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)  46 H5P Activities    English (Australia)

Author(s): Simon James, Chris Rawson, illustrated by Erin Cheffers, Deakin University

Subject(s): Mathematics, Philosophy of mathematics, Mathematical foundations, Mathematical logic, Popular and recreational mathematics, Educational: Mathematics and numeracy

Institution(s): Deakin University

Publisher: Deakin University

Last updated: 16/06/2023

Mathematical Reasoning and Investigation is designed to help you develop the ability to use mathematics to solve the kinds of problems that don't come with answers in the back of the book. We like to think of it as a mathematics book for people who think they're not good at mathematics. The work will be useful for anyone wanting to develop their own skills in reasoning and problem solving using mathematics, and for teachers and preservice teachers hoping to help their students to develop these same skills.
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Threshold Concepts in Biochemistry

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  8 H5P Activities    English (Australia)

Author(s): Julian Pakay, Hendrika Duivenvoorden, Thomas Shafee, Kaitlin Clarke

Subject(s): Biochemistry

Institution(s): La Trobe University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology

Publisher: La Trobe eBureau

Last updated: 07/06/2023

Biochemistry (and Molecular Biology) represent one of the fastest-growing fields of scientific research and technical innovation and the resulting biotechnology is increasingly applied to other fields of study. So, an understanding of Biochemistry is increasingly important for students in all biological disciplines. However, at the same time, the content is inherently complex, highly abstract, and often deeply rooted in the pure sciences – mathematics, chemistry, and physics. This makes it difficult to both learn and to teach.

This book is designed as a succinct and focused resource, specifically aimed to help students grasp key threshold concepts in Biochemistry. Due to their troublesome nature, understanding threshold concepts is a cognitively demanding task. By using a series of thematically linked case studies that accompany theory, the cognitive load will be reduced. This will free up students to focus on learning concepts rather than distracting them with unnecessary specifics.

Historical thinking for senior secondary students: A collection of teaching and learning activities 2022 book cover

Historical thinking for senior secondary students: A collection of teaching and learning activities 2022

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)  5 H5P Activities    English (United Kingdom)

Author(s): Nicolette Arranga, Sam Babic, Connor Beaumont, Brittany Bell, Nicholas Bridges, Mason Camanzi, Tyson Coverdale, Merjam Colan, Harvey Costigan, Remi Donnison, Brett Fletcher, Nick Frawley, Kostantinos Georgiou, Chloe Goodie, Lisa Grbin, Anna Griffiths, Tayla Hilton, Sarah Jaeschke, Abby Kampl, Kevin Liew, Joel Lindeman-Collins, Thompson (Tang Pusen) Liu, Annaliese Magee, Kristiana Markovski, Jett Mathews, Chris Mayman, Hannah McArdle, Alistair McCann, Chloe Morrison, Simon O'Rouke, Nick Panagopoulous, Tamsyn Pentland, Nick Reynolds, Amy Sellers, Sam Shannon, Monica Sheehan, Victoria Smart, Jessie Smith, Jemima Stafford, Joni Stamatopoulous, Isabella Swanwick, Phoebe Thomas, Brandon Tilley, Mia Treacey, Tahlia Webb

Editor(s): Rebecca Cairns, Phillip O’Brien

Subject(s): History, Education

Institution(s): Deakin University

Last updated: 20/04/2023

Most learning and teaching activities that get created in initial teacher education courses never get seen again once they are assessed as part of an assignment. However, pre-service History teachers undertaking a Master of Teaching at Deakin University have created and shared some of the learning and teaching activities they designed as part of a renewable assignment. This Open Education Resource (OER) contains activities on ancient history, empires, twentieth century world history and even early twenty-first century history, with a focus on building historical thinking. It showcases their emerging content and pedagogical understanding as well as their capacity to engage with open pedagogy and design copyright compliant materials. Although the activities have been mostly designed around the curriculum requirements of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), they are easily adapted to fit other state and international curriculum contexts.

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The Law Clinic Experience: A Guidebook for Students

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   English (Australia)

Author(s): Francina Cantatore

Subject(s): Law, Education

Institution(s): Bond University

Publisher: Bond University

Last updated: 20/04/2023

This book is firstly and foremostly a resource for law students undertaking a clinical activity during their law degree. It has been widely acknowledged that law students entering the competitive work environment can benefit significantly from practical work experience during their undergraduate or post-graduate studies. Whether gained through clinical education, external work experience or pro bono programs, the effect is to increase self-confidence, practical experience and, consequently the employability of students. It has also been recognised that extra-curricular community engagement enhances graduate employability by combining experiential learning, course work and community service. This book promotes the idea that not only is clinical experience an invaluable asset for students to enhance learning and to prepare them for practice, but it often has the added benefit of developing a sense of social responsibility in students gained by undertaking pro bono work.

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Svantesson on the Law of Obligations

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   English

Author(s): Dan Jerker B. Svantesson

Subject(s): Contract law, Law of torts, damages and compensation

Institution(s): Bond University

Publisher: Bond University

Last updated: 20/04/2023

Svantesson on the Law of Obligations provides an accessible, yet comprehensive, overview of how the rules of common law and equity, together with the provisions of applicable legislation such as the Australian Consumer Law, the Fair Trading Acts, and the Sale of Goods Acts, affect contractual and other obligations. Thus, a range of topics are covered, including:

  • the implication of terms;
  • the effect of vitiating factors under contract law;
  • the statutory prohibition against e.g. misleading and deceptive conduct and against misrepresentations; and
  • the relevant economic torts.

The material dealt with is approached from an Australian perspective.

The book was first published by Pearson Education in 2007, and this is now the fourth edition revised in 2021 and released in ebook form in 2022. It is a comprehensive, up-to-date, and extensively researched resource for students engaging with an area of private law central to their education in the law and preparation for legal practice.