Blended · Books · Emerging Trends · Online · Teaching

Building Online Learning Communities

Title: Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

Authors: Rena Palloff, Keith Pratt

2007 | pages: 320 | ISBN: 0787988251

Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

Building Online Learning Communities further explores the development of virtual classroom environments that foster a sense of community and empower students to take charge of their learning to successfully achieve learning outcomes. This is the second edition of the groundbreaking book by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt and has been completely updated and expanded to include the most current information on effective online course development and delivery. A practical, hands-on guide, this resource is filled with illustrative case studies, vignettes, and examples from a wide variety of successful online courses. The authors offer proven strategies for handling challenges that include:
– Engaging students in the formation of an online learning community.

– Establishing a sense of presence online.

– Maximizing participation.

– Developing effective courses that include collaboration and reflection.

– Assessing student performance.

Written for faculty in any distance learning environment, this revised edition is based on the authors many years of work in faculty development for online teaching as well as their extensive personal experience as faculty in online distance education. Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt share insights designed to guide readers through the steps of online course design and delivery.

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Emerging Trends · Mobile · Online · Smart Education · Teaching

Web-Based Learning

Title: Web-Based Learning

Author: Gail V Davidson-Shivers

English | 2017 (2018 Edition) | 397 Pages | ISBN : 3319678396

Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation and Evaluation, Second Edition
This second edition is a practical, easy-to-read resource on web-based learning. The book ably and clearly equips readers with strategies for designing effective online courses, creating communities of web-based learners, and implementing and evaluating based on an instructional design framework. Case example, case studies, and discussion questions extend readers skills, inspire discussion, and encourage readers to explore the trends and issues related to online instructional design and delivery.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Online · Smart Education · Springer · Uncategorized

Authentic Virtual World Education

Title: Authentic Virtual World Education

English | ISBN: 9811063818 | 2017 | 220 pages
Authentic Virtual World Education: Facilitating Cultural Engagement and Creativity

The book presents the possibilities and realities of virtual worlds in education through the application of 3D virtual worlds to support authentic learning, creativity, learner engagement and cultural diversity in higher education. It includes a unique variety of cross disciplinary approaches to research, teaching and learning in a virtual world, including analysis of data from the experiences of students in education, law, Chinese language, sustainability, computer architecture, business, health and the Arts. The book provides unique learning experiences that have celebrated the rich media of virtual world environments through the utilisation of affordances such as simulation, bots, synchronous interaction, machinima and games. The perspectives come from Australia and New Zealand higher education academics but transferable to any higher educational institution in the sector, worldwide, and is significant to various disciplines in the higher education field.

Blended · Books · LMS · Online · Teaching

Moodle 3.x Teaching Techniques

Title: Moodle 3.x Teaching Techniques

Author: Susan Smith Nash
English | 2016 | ISBN: 178646229X | 230 Pages

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This book brings together step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions to leverage the full power of Moodle 3 to build highly interactive and engaging courses that run on a wide range of platforms including mobile and cloud.

Moodle, the world’s most popular, free open-source Learning Management System (LMS) has released several new features and enhancements in its latest 3.0 release. More and more colleges, universities, and training providers are using Moodle, which has helped revolutionize e-learning with its flexible, reusable platform and components.

This book brings together step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions to leverage the full power of Moodle 3 to build highly interactive and engaging courses that run on a wide range of platforms including mobile and cloud.

Beginning with developing an effective online course, you will write learning outcomes that align with Bloom’s taxonomy and list the kinds of instructional materials that will work given one’s goal. You will gradually move on to setting up different types of forums for discussions and incorporating multi-media from cloud-base sources. You will then focus on developing effective timed tests, self-scoring quizzes while organizing the content, building different lessons, and incorporating assessments. Lastly, you will dive into more advanced topics such as creating interactive templates for a full course by focussing on creating each element and create workshops and portfolios which encourage engagement and collaboration.

Books · Emerging Trends · ICT · Mobile · Online · Smart Education · Teaching

Smart Universities

Title: Smart Universities

Author: Vladimir Uskov

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319594532 | 435 Pages

Smart Universities : Concepts, Systems, and Technologies

This book presents peer-reviewed contributions on smart universities by various international research, design and development teams. Smart university is an emerging and rapidly evolving area that creatively integrates innovative concepts; smart software and hardware systems; smart classrooms with state-of-the-art technologies and technical platforms; smart pedagogy based on modern teaching and learning strategies; smart learning and academic analytics; as well as various branches of computer science and computer engineering.

The contributions are grouped into several parts:

  • Part 1—Smart Universities: Literature Review and Creative Analysis
  • Part 2—Smart Universities: Concepts, Systems and Technologies
  • Part 3—Smart Education: Approaches and Best Practices
  • Part 4—Smart Universities: Smart Long Life Learning.

The book is a valuable source of research data and findings, design and development outcomes, and best practices for faculty, scholars, Ph.D students, administrators, practitioners and anyone interested in the rapidly growing areas of smart university and smart education.

Online · Organizations · Storytelling · Teaching · Video Training

Visual Aesthetics in E-Learning

Title: Visual Aesthetics in E-Learning

Author: Anastasia McCune

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Genre: eLearning | Level: Intermediate | Language: English

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Good design can lend value to an elearning project by boosting the impact of the content, and making it easier for viewers to interact with the piece and retain information. In this course, Anastasia McCune briefly introduces the principles and elements of visual design that are most relevant to elearning, showing practical examples along the way. She offers ideas for improving not only the process of designing the visual aspect of an elearning piece, but also ideas on what you could do today to improve the visual appeal of individual screens. For example, bullet points are simple and straightforward, but can quickly become tedious during a long training. She offers a variety of visual treatments that provide the same information in a more appealing manner. In addition to explaining how to break away from bullet points, Anastasia shares a number of easy-to-implement techniques that help grab the viewer, keep the eye moving, and keep interest up.

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* Why you should pay attention to aesthetics
* Power design principles for elearning
* Contrast, repetition, alignment, unity, and simplicity
* Selecting colors and a typeface
* Working with type technically
* White space
* Tips and tricks you can use today
* Using grids, style guides, and templates

Coding · Math · Online · Teaching

Scratch for Mathematics

Scratch for Mathematics
Author: SJ Withers
2017 | English | ASIN: B071V3PCVN | 169 pages


This book describes and explains the arithmetic, mathematics and data components of the Scratch Interactive Development Environment (IDE). These components are little used, but could provide a useful tool for a teacher of mathematics, a primary school teacher, a teacher at Key Stage 3 or home educator looking for new ways to engage a learner. It introduces basic programming skills and an understanding of the mathematics specific code blocks in Scratch. It also provides a way of working with mathematics which is visual and can be engaging. This book also provides examples of the way Scratch can be applied for common arithmetic and mathematics problems such as calculating percentages, testing arithmetic knowledge and applying Pythagoras Theorem amongst others. This book is not a course in mathematics, but it does explain how Scratch can be used as a tool for learning arithmetic and mathematics.

ICT · Online · Organizations · Periodical · Teaching

Education World April 2017

educationworldEducation World is a complete online resource that teachers, administrators and school staff can visit each day to find high-quality and in-depth original content. We update the site daily, offering:

  • Carefully curated news briefs on topics that matter to educators;
  • Lesson plans, printables, worksheets and thousands of other classroom-ready resources;
  • EdTech tips and ideas as well as reviews of apps, websites and tech products; and
  • A huge library of professional development articles and columns.

The Education World team, including a network of skilled content providers, have maintained this free resource for educators since 1996. In order to keep the site free, Education World is funded by corporate sponsors and advertisers. The site is also part of The Educator’s Network, which simplifies educator-targeted media buying and offers efficient, optimized campaigns across multiple teacher sites via a single point of contact.

Books · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Online · Research · Teaching · Web Resources

E-Learning Fundamentals

Title: E-Learning Fundamentals

Author: Diane Elkins
English | June 1, 2015 | ISBN: 1562869477 | 176 Pages

This ultimate roadmap covers the entire e-learning landscape. Why do we even need e-learning? What is an LMS? How do I write a storyboard? If you’re delving into e-learning and are coming up with more questions than answers, this guide is the high-level overview you’ve been looking for. In this book, e-learning development experts and educators Diane Elkins and Desiree Pinder deliver a comprehensive examination of the e-learning process from the ground up.

E-Learning Fundamentals provides the base of knowledge necessary to tackle everything from early concepts of e-learning down to its execution. Throughout, you’ll find vignettes that bring concepts to life as well as checklists and practical tools for designing and developing your first e-learning course.

In this book you will:

  • dive into the basics of e-learning design and development
  • explore the e-learning course design and development process—from analysis through evaluation
  • learn to write and storyboard a course, construct test questions, choose media, put the course together, and establish a thorough review process.
Books · Educational Philosophy · Online · Web Resources

Technology and the Politics of Reform

Title: Technology and the Politics of University Reform

Author: Edward Hamilton
English | 27 Feb. 2016 | ISBN: 1137503505 | 237 Pages

Examining cases in educational technology from computer assisted instruction to MOOCs, this volume shows how social interests frame reform programs and realign organizational and pedagogical strategies around them to produce a particular environment for change in higher education. Technology is a contingent product rather than a driver of such changes, suggesting that the politics of reform in higher education is not a struggle against technology, but for it, and that the critique of online education could be re-imagined as a basis for innovation.

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