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Open Education: Grantees Showcase

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.

Strategic Management (2020)

 SCover of Strategic Managment, adapted by Reed Kennedy with Eli Jamison, Joseph Simpson, Pankaj Jumar, Aynda Kemp, Kiran Awate, and Kathleen Manningtrategic Management (2020) adapted by Reed Kennedy, with Eli Jamison, Joseph Simpson, Pankaj Kumar, Ayenda Kemp, Kiran Awate, and Kathleen Manning is a 325-page open educational resource designed as an introduction to the key topics and themes of strategic management. The open textbook is intended for a senior capstone course in an undergraduate business program and suitable for a wide range of undergraduate business students including those majoring in marketing, management, business administration, accounting, finance, real estate, business information technology, and hospitality and tourism. The text presents examples of familiar companies and personalities to illustrate the different strategies used by today’s firms and how they go about implementing those strategies. It includes case studies, end of section key takeaways, exercises, and links to external videos, and an end-of-book glossary. The text is ideal for courses which focus on how organizations operate at the strategic level to be successful. Students will learn how to conduct case analyses, measure organizational performance, and conduct external and internal analyses.

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License: CC BY NC SA 3.0 


Press release at Open@VA (Sept 15, 2020): Announcing open textbook Strategic Management 

Pamplin College of Business (October 19, 2020) Open-sourcing learning resources in Management

Voices of Virginia: An Auditory Primary Source Reader

Voices of Virginia: An Auditory Primary Source Reader  by Jessica Taylor with Emily Stewart

Voices of Virginia pulls together oral histories from across decades and archives in an all-audio source companion for Virginia’s high school and college students. The complete "album" contains dozens of short oral histories from eyewitnesses to key moments in American history from the Civil War to the present. Excerpts are downloadable, accessible by smartphone, and accompanied by a transcript. You’ll also find brief historical context adapted from experts at Encyclopedia Virginia and American Yawp, and classroom tools like discussion questions, activities, and lesson plans that fit Virginia high school standards. By telling the larger national story with narratives from across the Commonwealth, Voices of Virginia grounds students in how history guides and is guided by everyday people.  Listen online  or  download the 150+ page Reader (detailed table of contents, transcripts, questions and lesson plans), and audio clips.

Cover for Voices of Virginia   Table of Contents for Voices of Virginia   sample transcript, questions, context and questions

(License: CC BY NC SA

Michael Nappier - The Normal Canine Video Series. The Virtual Reality Dog (2016- ), Cow (2019- ), and Horse (2020- )

Virtual Reality Dog 1.0 and Cow 0.1 (Grantees: Michael Nappier, DVM and Thomas Tucker, MFA)

Virtual reality brings dog's anatomy to life for veterinary students (news & video from October 2018) 

VR dog (2018) and cow (2019) anatomy models for Veterinary Medicine. A collaboration between the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Visual Arts, and University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Image dog skeleton and internal organs on laptop computer screen              Veterinary student uses virtual reality to explore virtual dog      

Normal Canine Video Series

Read more about the project and the grant funds that supported it here.


Steven Ellingson - Electromagnetics (2016- )

Electromagnetics, Volume 1 BetaVolume 1 and Volume 2 (CC BY SA 4.0) by Steven W. Ellingson  (author homepage) 

January 2018  |   August  2018  |  January 2020

Cover of Electromagnetics Volume 1 beta (This title has been superseded)             Cover of Electromagnetics Volume 2

Electromagnetics Volume 1 (2018) by Steven W. Ellingson is a 225 page, freely available, peer-reviewed, full color, print and digital open educational resource. It is intended to serve as a primary textbook for a one-semester first course in undergraduate engineering electromagnetics within the third year of a bachelor of science degree program.
The book is the work of Steven W. Ellingson, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, in collaboration with the Scholarly Communication office of Virginia Tech’s University Libraries and VT Publishing. As collaborators with Ellingson, the University Libraries provided grant funding, overall project management, guidance on open licensing, attribution, student works, formats and styles, managed development and production processes, coordinated peer review, reviewed manuscripts (editorial and technical), provided technical specifications, and navigated print and distribution solutions. Published: August 2018
  • Volume 1: ISBN 978-0-9979201-8-5 (print)
  • Volume 1: ISBN 978-0-9979201-9-2 (PDF

Electromagnetics, Volume 2 (January 2020) by Steven W. Ellingson is a ~216-page, peer-reviewed open educational resource intended for electrical engineering students in the third year of a bachelor of science degree program. It is intended to follow Electromagnetics Vol 1 as the primary textbook for the second-semester of a two-semester undergraduate engineering electromagnetics sequence. The book addresses magnetic force and the Biot-Savart law; fields in general and lossy media; AC current flow and skin depth; reflection and transmission at planar boundaries; fields in parallel plate, parallel wire, and microstrip transmission lines; optical fiber; radiation from current distributions, and antennas. Published: January 2020.

  • Volume 2: ISBN 978-1-949373-91-2 (print)
  • Volume 2: ISBN 978-1-949373-92-9 (PDF)

Print on demand: beta version | Volume 1 | Volume 2

Cover credits: Robert Browder | Cover image: (c) Michelle Yost. Total Internal Reflection is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license (cropped and/or color edited by Robert Browder)


Stephen Skripak - Adapter of Fundamentals of Business (2015-16) and 2018

Fundamentals of Business, 2nd edition (2018) was released in August 2018. It features multiple formats: PDF, Pressbooks, html, ePub (mobile), Mobi (Kindle), Print on Demand, and XML and ODF formats on request.  Instructors reviewing, selecting, or adapting the text are encouraged to register their use here. Visit this page for more information and links to the various formats. 

Cover of Fundamentals of Business, 1st edition

2018, 2019 & 2020 GRANTEES

Introduction to Biological Systems Engineering (open textbook - forthcoming October 2020)

by Nicholas M. Holden, Mary Leigh Wolfe, Jactone A. Ogejo, Enda J. Cummins

Table of Contents - The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of agricultural engineering and food engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. This book is targeted at 1st and 2nd year university-level students with an interest in biosystems engineering but who are not yet familiar with the breadth and depth of the subject. 


Fundamentals of Business, 3rd edition (adaptation of existing open textbook - online and print versions coming December 2020)

Adapted by Ron Poff


Teaching in the University- forthcoming April 2021

Edited collection/open textbook by Donna Westfall-Rudd, Courtney Verengrin, Jeremy Elliot-Engel 


Fish, Fishing, and Conservation- forthcoming Fall 2021

Open textbook by Don Orth


Aerospace Structures (open textbook - forthcoming in August 2021)

Various Virginia Tech Authors


Aircraft Performance (open textbook - forthcoming TBD)

by James F. Marchman III, Emeritas


Introductory text for First-Year Medical Students - forthcoming 2021

by Renee LeClaire and Andrew Binks


Introduction to Statistics (adaptation of an existing open textbook - forthcoming 2021)

Adapted by John "Morgan" Russell


Elements of Linear Algebra (open textbook - forthcoming TBD)

by Jason Wilson, Mathematics

The textbook is a proof-based introduction to the core topics of linear algebra including abstract vector spaces and linear maps, diagonalizable operators, and inner product spaces with applications including the singular value decomposition (SVD). The textbook is meant as a second course in linear algebra for students who have completed a first course in linear algebra as well as an introduction to proofs course.