Books by Richard E. West

Teaching With Asynchronous Video

When teaching online, many instructors utilize videoconferencing tools to improve social presence, connection, and to offer an approximation of an in-class experience. However, many instructors and students have recognized that video conferencing has limitations. Asynchronous video can help address several of the challenges that instructors and students encounter in videoconferencing, while preserving some of the benefits, such as a richer, more personal experience and enhanced social presence. But what are the most effective strategies for using asynchronous video?

This book encapsulates lessons learned from our own research and teaching using asynchronous video tools, previously published in a popular Educause Review series of articles. In this book, we'll review the reasons why asynchronous video should be an important tool in an online teacher's toolbox, and discuss practical strategies for integrating these tools into your teaching.

This material was written with the support of EdConnect and previously published in a series of articles in Educause Review.

Design for Learning

Our purpose in this book is twofold. First, we introduce the basic skill set and knowledge base used by practicing instructional designers. We do this through chapters contributed by experts in the field who have either academic, research-based backgrounds, or practical, on-the-job experience (or both). Our goal is that students in introductory instructional design courses will be able to use this book as a guide for completing a basic instructional design project. We also hope the book is useful as a ready resource for more advanced students or others seeking to develop their instructional design knowledge and skills.

Rapid Academic Writing

This book provides a primer on several aspects of academic writing.

Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology

This book received the 2018 AECT Outstanding Book Award!

"What is this field?" "Where have we come from as a discipline, and where are we going?" "What do I want to study?"These and other questions are typical for new students in the field of Learning and Instructional Design Technology. This textbook is designed to help answer these questions and provide the quickest route to understanding the history and current trends in the field. After surveying classic theories and writings, as well as more recent applications of theory and practice, students will be better prepared to chart their own course and careers within the discipline. This book is designed to support foundations courses common in departments, as well as seminars on current trends and issues.

Creativity and Innovation in Education

Creativity and Innovation in Education: Selections from Educational Technology Magazine is one book in a series of open access books comprised of select articles taken from the popular Educational Technology magazine. This particular book defines creativity and innovation, explains how to foster individual and group creativity and innovation, and describes how to implement creativity and innovation.