Assessing Wellbeing in Schools
Traditionally, many schools have focused on academic achievement as the primary end of education. As schools increasingly expand their aims to include wellbeing, some have struggled knowing how to translate the growing body of wellbeing research into their daily practice. The purpose of this book is to help educators understand the research behind wellbeing and select appropriate assessments that will begin fostering wellbeing in their context.
The first part of this book will provide you with a foundational understanding of wellbeing in a school context. With this deeper understanding, you are prepared to become the wellbeing expert in your context. With you as the expert, this book will guide you through the process of selecting a valid and reliable measure to assess the wellbeing of your students, teachers, and cultural environment. Lastly, it will offer additional tips about how to implement the evidence you receive into actionable steps.
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.
Designing Surveys for Evaluations and Research
The concept of conducting survey research is deceptively simple. However, it is easy to create a flawed survey. Without careful attention to overall survey design and the creation of the survey items, the study will likely produce invalid results. Conducting high-quality survey research will depend on asking the right questions, in the right way, to the right people. This text is designed to guide novice researchers through the process of creating surveys for the purpose of conducting research.
EdTech Landscapes 2020
This report utilizes massive datasets to summarize trends and patterns in educational technology (EdTech) communications, interest, use, research, and adoption across the U.S. Utilizing public social media posts, public school website data, and research indexing APIs, this report provides educators, principals, policymakers, and researchers with a birds eye view of what has been happening in the field of educational technology in recent years. Results for each section are provided as prose, tables, and infographics.
With the knowledge provided in this report, it is hoped that decision-makers will be better prepared to recognize and act upon emerging trends in educational technology.
EdTech in the Wild
Very little of the rich and vibrant history of ed tech is contained in scholarly journals, and what you find there is typically stodgy and manicured: not what you find in classrooms, tech departments, or conversations between professionals. Though peer review and the traditional publishing process are useful for some things, such as ensuring accuracy and uniformity, they are notoriously detrimental to the sharing of novel ideas and practices that shake the status quo.
For that reason, one of the best places to find artifacts of the rich history of educational technology is in self-published blog posts where practitioners, scholars, and anyone else can grapple with the issues that really matter to them, share their crazy ideas, and get feedback from the community without going through a rigid process to determine whether their voices actually matter. These are the hidden historical artifacts of educational technology.
In this volume, we want to bring these blog posts together for future reading and dialogue. Blogs don't live forever, but their ideas can as we archive them and share them in helpful ways.
Written for introductory education research courses, this book gives students a broad view of the process, history, paradigms, and methods of education research so that they can become critical consumers of others' research, communicate in a variety of research languages, and navigate dominant research paradigms throughout their careers.
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.
Hybrid-Flexible Course Design
This volume provides readers with methods, case stories, and strategies related to Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) course design so that they may make decisions about using it themselves and even begin their own HyFlex course (re)design. More specifically, based on the needs identified for their course(s), readers will be able to a) determine if and how HyFlex course design could help them solve critical needs, b) take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve their education practice, enabling them to better serve more students, c) gain an awareness of the HyFlex design, d) find their own innovative HyFlex solution to their specific challenges, and e) begin the HyFlex implementation process using strategies similar to those used by instructors described in this book. The volume describes the fundamental principles of HyFlex design, explains a process for design and development, and discusses implementation factors that instructors have experienced in various higher education institutions. These factors include the drivers, the variations in implementation approaches and constraints, and the results (e.g., student scores, student satisfaction). A series of worksheets provides specific guidance that can be used by individuals or teams engaging in HyFlex design projects at their own institution. Case reports from institutions and faculty who have successfully implemented HyFlex-style courses provide a rich set of real-world stories to draw insights for a reader’s own design setting.
IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook
K-12 Blended Teaching
This book is your guide to blended teaching in K-12 spaces. It was designed to help both pre-service teachers and in-service teachers prepare their classes for blended teaching. This book begins by orienting you to the foundational dispositions and skills needed to support your blended teaching practice. Then you will be introduced to four key competencies for blended teaching:
- Online Integration – ability to effectively combine online instruction with in-person instruction.
- Data Practices – ability to use digital tools to monitor student activity and performance in order to guide student growth.
- Personalizing Instruction – ability to implement a learning environment that allows for student customization of goals, pace, and/or learning path.
- Online Interaction – ability to facilitate online interactions with and between students.
Principles of Language Acquisition
Rapid Academic Writing
This book provides a primer on several aspects of academic writing.
Teaching with Digital Tools and Apps
This eBook highlights the key steps and considerations for finding, evaluating, and teaching with digital tools and apps.
The K-12 Educational Technology Handbook
This textbook provides a set of high-quality resources to university educational technology courses. All chapters are written by professionals in the field, including university researchers, teacher educators, and classroom teachers.
The book in its entirety and each chapter can be freely accessed, downloaded, printed, and remixed. Professors of educational technology courses can select the chapters that will work best for them when creating course packets, and preservice and inservice teachers can use relevant chapters for trainings and professional development purposes.
The Students' Guide to Learning Design and Research
Written by students for students, this book is a continually-evolving class project for students of educational technology, learning, and instructional design.
Web Design Basics for Educators
With free web design tools like Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, and Wordpress, you can create a class website, digital portfolio, blog, online course or tutorial, or another type of educational site with relative ease. However, there's more to designing a website than just putting together some text and multimedia on a page. If you want to create an educational website that enriches and amplifies learning, then this is the book for you! This book will help you learn how to build an educational website that is accessible, visually appealing, easy-to-navigate, easy-to-scan, and increases learning of the site content. The book features five chapters that cover the fundamental skills and knowledge you need for developing a website that educates, inspires, motivates, and/or empowers readers.