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Open Education Resources (OER)

Water Tech OER's and other Resources

Water Technology is a career oriented non-transfer vocational program offering courses leading to a certificate and/or an Associate degree. The Water Technology program at MSJC emphasizes a real world approach to diagnostic skill building and a thorough understanding of system theory and operations.

Graduates are primarily employed by cities, counties, federal agencies and industry that operate and maintain water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and/or wastewater treatment systems.

This page will guide you to Open Educational Resources, available at no cost and that can be utilized and/or adapted without permission. Other resources are available, some with restrictions.

Reach out to you library liaison with any questions.

Where to Begin?

Where to Begin?

OER Starter Kits

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. [Version 1.1. Revised September 5th, 2019.]

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The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers

The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers was created to bring attention to the work that is involved in building and managing an OER program, from learning about open educational practices and soliciting team members to collecting and reporting data on your program’s outcomes.
Regardless of your program's scope and your own experience with OER, we hope that the Starter Kit for Program Managers will have some tips to help you along your way.

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OER Textbooks

Quantitative Read more about Quantitative Ecology: A New Unified ApproachEcology: A New Unified Approach

Introduces and discusses the principles of ecology from populations to ecosystems including human populations, disease, exotic organisms, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and global dynamics. Open Textbook Library.





Intro to Water Systems Technology

A general overview of the water systems technology
Find this and other works on Water Technology in the College of the Canyons ZTC Textbooks

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Ports & Waterways: Navigating the Changing World

Written by the Ports and Waterways team, part of the Civil Engineering and Geosciences faculty at Delft University of Technology. this book posits that ports and waterways should be viewed as parts of a coherent system that supports waterborne supply chains, and that their integral design and operation is essential. Open Textbook Library.


EBSCOHost E-Books (via MSJC Libraries)


EBSCOHost e-Books

Digital versions of print books from a broad range of subjects, 
including issues surrounding water technology.




Water: Abundance, Scarcity and Security in the Age of Humanity

"An intellectual history of America's water management philosophy...shows how this philosophy shaped early twentieth-century conservation in the United States, influenced American international development programs, and ultimately shaped programs of global governance that today connect water resources to the Earth system."




Water Poverty, the Next 'oil' Crisis

This book is designed to examine our energy history and glean some helpful hints to bolster our efforts to address water poverty.






The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World

Increasing demand, decreasing supplies and rapidly changing hydro-climatic conditions throughout the Nexus requires transformative policy responses that encompass economy, equity, social justice, fairness and the environment. This book outlines these challenges and offers a pathway to resolving them.





With this resource you can find e-books on water pollution, quality, scarcity, conservation, supply and other areas of inquiry.


Films / Documentaries from Films On Demand

Films On Demand - via the MSJC Library website


CleanHow We Got to Now with Steven Johnson

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years, a series of radical ideas, extraordinary innovations and unsung heroes have changed our world. Johnson plunges into a sewer to understand what made a maverick engineer decide to lift the city of Chicago with screw jacks in order to build America’s first sewer system. He talks about John Leal, who deliberately “poisoned” the water supply of 200,000 people when, without authorization, he added chlorine, considered lethal in 1908, into Jersey City’s water and made it safe to drink. This isn’t only about the world becoming a cleaner place — the iPhone, the subway, flat screen TVs and even the bikini are the result of the valiant efforts of the unsung heroes of clean. Distributed by PBS Distribution.

Flint's Deadly Water

Investigators expose the deadly toll from the Flint water crisis. A two-year Frontline investigation uncovers the roots and extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak during the water crisis, and how officials failed to stop it. Distributed by PBS Distribution.


Industrial Point Source Water Pollution

The Clean Water Act has led to a vast improvement in the overall quality of industrial point source wastewater, but there is still a significant amount of work to be done.
In this program, George Crozier, executive director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab; attorney David Perry; wastewater superintendent Bhaskar Patel; representatives of International Paper and petroleum refiner Koch Industries; and many others air their views on the controversial topic of compliance with the complex yet effective National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Cases of loophole exploitation and permit violations are debated.