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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Take a look at some of the OER created by, or currently being used by, the Niagara College community: 

Professional Communications: Canadian edition

No matter what your field is, having professional communication skills are essential to success in today's workplace. This book covers key business communications topics that will help you in your career, including intercultural communication, team work, professional writing, audience analysis and adapting messages, document formatting, oral communication, and more.

Used in COMM1140

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Lymphedema Management Workbook

This workbook outlines appropriate treatments and techniques for physical therapists treating lymphedema. Contents include: What is Lymphedema? -- Physical Assessment -- Skin Care -- Lymphatic Massage -- Bandages -- Compression Garments -- Exercise -- Manual Therapy. This resource is appropriate for use in practice and in the classroom.

Created by Jodi Steele, professor, School of Health and Fitness Promotion

Introduction to Psychology: 1st Canadian edition

This book is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books.

Used in PSYCH1100

Rehab Techniques in Oncology Workbook

This workbook was created by physical therapist Jodi Steele to provide information on appropriate rehabilitation techniques for oncology patients. This book can be used in practice or in the classroom.Contents include: CANCER AS A CHRONIC DISEASE -- DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER -- TREATMENTS FOR CANCER -- LAB VALUES -- MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR EXERCISE -- BREAST CANCER -- MULTIPLE MYELOMA -- LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA -- BRAIN CANCER -- OVARIAN, UTERINE AND CERVICAL -- PROSTATE AND TESTICULAR -- GASTROINTESTINAL: COLORECTAL, PANCREATIC AND LIVER -- HEAD AND NECK -- LUNG -- MELANOMA -- SARCOMA -- EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS -- INTERVAL EXERCISE LOG AND PROTOCOL -- PERFORMANCE INDICATORS -- ASSESSMENT

Created by Jodi Steele, professor, Health and Fitness Promotion

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OER@NC: Faculty Quickstart Guide

OER@NC Grant Program

We are pleased to announce that the Pre-Health Sciences program received our pilot grant project award!  The program aims to be zero textbook cost (ZTC) by Fall 2022.  Stay tuned for updates on this project and future grant opportunities!

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