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Library Resources for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Consider this library guide as your bookshelf. These Okanagan library books are only steps away from your office.



Learning with digital games: a practical guide to engaging students in higher education

Nicola Whitton

LB2395.7 .W55 2010

    Written for Higher Education teaching and learning professionals, Learning with Digital Games provides an accessible, straightforward introduction to the field of computer game-based learning. Up to date with current trends and the changing learning needs of todayâe(tm)s students, this text offers friendly guidance, and is unique in its focus on post-school education and its pragmatic view of the use of computer games with adults.             

The online teaching survival guide: simple and practical pedagogical tips

Judith V. Boettcher, Rita-Marie Conrad

LB1044.87 .B64 2010
The Online Teaching Survival Guide offers faculty a wide array of theory-based techniques designed for online teaching and technology-enhanced courses. Written by two pioneers in distance education, this guidebook presents practical instructional strategies spread out over a four-phase timeline that covers the lifespan of a course. The book includes information on a range of topics such as course management, social presence, community building, and assessment. Based on traditional pedagogical theory, The Online Teaching Survival Guide integrates the latest research in cognitive processing and learning outcomes. Faculty with little knowledge of educational theory and those well versed in pedagogy will find this resource essential for developing their online teaching skills.

E-learning theory and practice

Caroline Haythornthwaite and Richard Andrews

LB1044.87 .H39 2011

In E-learning Theory and Practice the authors set out different perspectives on e-learning. The book deals with the social implications of e-learning, its transformative effects, and the social and technical interplay that supports and directs e-learning.

109 ideas for virtual learning: how open content will help close the digital divide

Judy Breck

LB1044.87 .B726 2006

109 Ideas For Virtual Learning reveals the online knowledge venue that today's generation uses to learn. Calling today's online venue "the virtual knowledge ecology," Judy Breck describes the networking of open content for learning online, where knowledge is fresher, authoritative, and more compelling than at school. Breck details how information from traditional resources makes its way onto the Internet and explains how network mechanisms interconnect that information once it gets online. She says the resulting knowledge ecology helps students worldwide study from the same virtual page. Virtual knowledge ecology opens the way for a global golden age of education in which students learn more and teachers are respected professionals.

The professor's guide to taming technology: leveraging digital media, Web 2.0, and more for learning

Edited by Kathleen P. King, Thomas D. Cox

LB2395.7 .P76 2011
In our work with faculty across all disciplines, we also find that many struggle to think about teaching in ways in which they can incorporate technology meaningfully. While we might be experts in our discipline (chemistry, philosophy, music, etc) due to the curriculum of terminal degrees, we might not have strong preparation in instructional design. We have been fortunate to bring together faculty experts across different disciplines to specifically speak about how and why to use digital media in higher education settings.These different approaches include clear descriptions of what these activities look like, why to develop and implement them, and how to do so for your specific needs.

Engaging the avatar: new frontiers in immersive education

Edited by Randy Hinrichs and Charles Wankel

LB1044.87 .E55 2012

This volume has a bold agenda, in which academics create immersive worlds where the avatar is the center of the universe. As the virtual world grows, avatars move away from quasi-human interactions within virtual domiciles, gardens, and businesses to being blood cells in the blood stream, or to be firing neurons in the human brain, or creatures competing on the ocean floor or the surface of Mars or just about anything that can be imagined using the magic of photographic and artistic images, programming, narrative and avatars. What are the frameworks and strategies for building these environments? What are the things the avatar adapts and learns from in its environment?

Podcasting for learning in universities

Edited by Gilly Salmon and Palitha Edirisingha

LB1044.87 .P63 2008

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The book offers a practical transferable model and guidelines for integrating podcasts in higher education contexts.

Quick hits for teaching with technology: successful strategies by award-winning teachers

Edited by Robin K. Morgan and Kimberly T. Olivares

LB1028.3 .Q53 2012

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How should I use technology in my courses? What impact does technology have on student learning? Is distance learning effective? Should I give online tests and, if so, how can I be sure of the integrity of the students' work? These are some of the questions that instructors raise as technology becomes an integral part of the educational experience. In Quick Hits for Teaching with Technology, award-winning instructors representing a wide range of academic disciplines describe their strategies for employing technology to achieve learning objectives. They include tips on using just-in-time teaching, wikis, clickers, YouTube, blogging, and GIS, to name just a few. An accompanying interactive website enhances the value of this innovative tool.

Social media for educators: strategies and best practices

Tanya Joosten

LB1044.87 .J667 2012

Tap into the power of social media and increase course effectiveness! Faculty will learn to choose the appropriate social media tool for the intended learning outcome, design engaging and innovative activities, and better meet pedagogical needs. In addition, the author offers strategies for assessing and documenting the effectiveness of using these tools in your course.

Blended learning : across the disciplines, across the academy

Edited by Francine S. Glazer

LB2395.7 .B56 2012

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This is a practical introduction to blended learning, presenting examples of implementation across a broad spectrum of disciplines. For faculty unfamiliar with this mode of teaching, it illustrates how to address the core challenge of blended learning- to link the activities in each medium so that they reinforce each other to create a single, unified course - and offers models they can adapt.

Managing technology in higher education : strategies for transforming teaching and learning

A.W. (Tony) Bates and Albert Sangrà€

LB2395.7 .B376 2011

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Universities continue to struggle in their efforts to fully integrate information and communications technology within their activities. Based on examination of current practices in technology integration at 25 universities worldwide, this book argues for a radical approach to the management of technology in higher education. It offers recommendations for improving governance, strategic planning, integration of administrative and teaching services, management of digital resources, and training of technology managers and administrators. The book is written for anyone wanting to ensure technology is integrated as effectively and efficiently as possible."--