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A Practitioner's Guide to Instructional Design in Higher Education

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The purpose of this book is to provide guidelines and best practices for how to lead instructional design efforts in higher education. The audience for this book are instructional designers and technologists working at 2-year and 4+ year degree institutions. This book provides instructional designers and technologists with templates, suggestions for best practices, and ways that they can leverage instructional design to support learning.

Advanced Writing

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Advanced Writing focuses on the higher-level writing skills college students will use in their fields of study and future careers. Its authors employ a personable writing style and engaging instructional design to share their expertise. Unit 1 introduces discourse communities, the rhetorical situation, available writing tools, mindful writing, and the writing process. Students will master good grammar and mechanics and a more sophisticated, audience-oriented style including visual design and tables and figures. Unit 2 focuses on writing for academic audiences including finding and evaluating sources and discussing and citing sources. Students will define literature reviews and learn the steps of composing a literature review: taking notes, synthesizing, organizing, drafting, and revising. They will also learn how to create compelling proposals. In Unit 3, students will focus on writing for general audiences including applying for jobs and graduate schools and writing public texts such as emails, memos, social media posts, blogs, infographics, and opinion editorials. In the final chapter, they’ll learn how to create engaging oral and poster presentations.

Design for Learning

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Education Research

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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 Education for Emergent Bilinguals

Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology

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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

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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, 7th Edition

K-12 Blended Teaching (Vol 2)

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This book is a guide to blended teaching in K-12 classrooms. It is a follow-up to Volume 1 the K-12 Blended Teaching: A Guide to Personalized Learning and Online Integration. The purpose of this book is to provide rich examples of the four blended teaching competencies from a disciplinary perspective. The first three chapters of the book provide definitions and an overview of the blended teaching framework. Subsequent chapters are organized into sections that focus on blended teaching in specific disciplines. Each section has the following chapters

  • Introductions – video introductions to the model teachers who will share video examples throughout the section.
  • Why Blend? – descriptions from the model teachers about why they chose to try blended learning in their classrooms.
  • Online Integration and Management – Examples about how to effectively combine online instruction with in-person instruction.
  • Online Interaction – Examples about how to facilitate online interactions with and between students.
  • Data Practices – Examples about how to use digital tools to monitor student activity and performance in order to guide student growth.
  • Personalizing Instruction – Examples about how to implement a learning environment that allows for student customization of goals, pace, and/or learning path.

K-12 Blended Teaching

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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.

Learner and User Experience Research

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Researchers in the field of Learning/Instructional Design and Technology have been engaged in productive scholarly endeavors at the intersection of Learning Design, User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and associated disciplines for some time. This edited volume captures the collective voices of authors working in this area. This book focuses on explicating the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of user-centered design and user experience as applied in the field of Learning/Instructional Design and Technology with the goal of foregrounding the importance of learner experience as an emerging design paradigm for the field. This volume is comprised of 15 chapters and organized into three parts: (1) Methods and Paradigms (5 chapters), (2) Conceptual and Design Frameworks (6 chapters), and (3) LX Design-in-practice (4 chapters). This volume serves as a contribution to an emerging, transdisciplinary, and complex phenomenon that requires multiple literacies. LX is not only concerned with the effectiveness of designed learning interventions, but also with the interconnected and interdependent relationship between the learner- (or the teacher-/instructor-) as-user, the designed technology, novel pedagogical techniques or instructional strategies, and the learning context. The diversity and breadth of perspectives presented herein serve as a topographical sketch of the emerging focus area of learner experience and represent an opportunity to build upon this work in the future.

Learning Management Systems

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This book explores main concepts and topics involved in the process of managing Learning Management Systems (LMS) in corporate or educational settings. Definitions, features and characteristics of LMSs are introduced to familiarize the reader with the content. Types of LMSs are also covered in order to assist current and prospective instructional designers to identify and select an optimal LMS solution for their organization. Additionally, key stakeholders as well as the usability of the LMS will be crucial in the adoption and maintenance of the software, thus, another important topic discussed in this book. Furthermore, processes such as LMS selection, implementation and evaluation are explored in this book to provide an overview of the steps to be taken before, during and after an LMS adoption.

Learning MySQL By Example

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This book covers the basics of MySQL. It includes two sample databases that you can load into your local MySQL instance and try the examples for yourself. In a future edition, the following items will be added. - Information on SQL database design - An explanation of the three types of table relationships and when each should be used - Screencasts that will walk you thought the SQL concepts that are discussed

Philosophy of Education

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This book is an abridgment of various classical philosophical works dealing with education and learning.

Principles of Language Acquisition

Qualitative Inquiry in Daily Life

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This book is meant to teach researchers, evaluators, and practitioners such as educators how to use qualitative inquiry in daily life. Although this book may make the most sense if it is read in sequence, feel free to navigate to any chapter or appendix at any time.

Rapid Academic Writing

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

Teaching With Asynchronous Video

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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.

Teaching with Digital Tools and Apps

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This eBook highlights the key steps and considerations for finding, evaluating, and teaching with digital tools and apps.

Textiles and Tapestries

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Textiles and Tapestries presents thought-provoking research that explores the intricate and complex weavings of teaching and learning. It reflects a compelling mixture of traditional and contemporary methodology, collaborations within and beyond teacher education, and allows space for considering the implications of current worldwide social, political, and systemic tensions. Importantly, it highlights the central role of self-study in creating insights and understandings of practice for transforming teaching and for generating new knowledge.

Contributions from established and novice academic researchers, teacher practitioners, and graduate students provide opportunities to learn with and from the voices of dynamic and diverse self-study researchers. Section one focuses on the process of exploring and making meaning from weaving inquiry, teaching, and learning from studying practices through self-study. Section two illuminates the act of making new meaning, creating the tapestries and textiles of knowing by attending to the tools and crafting in studying teaching and professional practices. Section three focuses on the formation of new tapestries of understanding as authors share the implication of their findings through self-study.

This book presents new methods, frameworks, collaborations, and understandings of practice that will be useful for teacher educators, graduate students, and self-study of practice researchers.

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design

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The purpose of this journal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing reflective practitioners a means for publishing articles related to the field. The journal establishes and maintains a scholarly standard with the appropriate rigor for articles based on design and development projects. Articles include evaluation reports (summative and formative), lessons learned, design and development approaches, as well as applied research. The articles are based on design and development projects as opposed to pure research projects and focus on lessons learned and how to improve the instructional design process. Rigor is established through articles grounded in research and theory.

A secondary goal of this journal is to encourage and nurture the development of the reflective practitioner in the field of instructional design. This journal encourages the practitioner as well as collaborations between academics and practitioners as a means of disseminating and developing new ideas in instructional design. The resulting articles inform both the study and practice of instructional design.

The Journal of Applied Instructional Design

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The purpose of this journal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing reflective practitioners a means for publishing articles related to the field. The journal establishes and maintains a scholarly standard with the appropriate rigor for articles based on design and development projects. Articles include evaluation reports (summative and formative), lessons learned, design and development approaches, as well as applied research. The articles are based on design and development projects as opposed to pure research projects and focus on lessons learned and how to improve the instructional design process. Rigor is established through articles grounded in research and theory.

A secondary goal of this journal is to encourage and nurture the development of the reflective practitioner in the field of instructional design. This journal encourages the practitioner as well as collaborations between academics and practitioners as a means of disseminating and developing new ideas in instructional design. The resulting articles inform both the study and practice of instructional design.

The K-12 Educational Technology Handbook

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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

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Written by students for students, this book is a continually-evolving class project for students of educational technology, learning, and instructional design.

Visuals in Learning Design

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Learning designers constantly use visuals to convey meaning and to shape learner experiences. Yet, designers often have little training or guidance on what makes for effective visual experiences and also regularly lack the technical and artistic skills necessary to create and modify their own designs. This book was written to accompany a graduate-level course in learning design that helps new designers to understand why visuals are important, how to make effective visuals, and how to use industry-standard tools (like Adobe Illustrator) to bring their visual designs to life.

Web Design Basics for Educators

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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. 

Writing in the Social Sciences

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Writing in the Social Sciences is an advanced writing textbook that focuses on skills specific to careers in the social sciences. Its authors employ a personable writing style and engaging instructional design to share their expertise. Unit 1 introduces discourse communities, the rhetorical situation, available writing tools, mindful writing, and the writing process. Students will master good grammar and mechanics and a more sophisticated, audience-oriented style including visual design and tables and figures. Unit 2 focuses on writing for academic audiences including finding and evaluating sources and discussing and citing sources. Students will define literature reviews and learn the steps of composing a literature review: taking notes, synthesizing, organizing, drafting, and revising. They will also learn how to create compelling proposals. In Unit 3, students will focus on writing for general audiences including applying for jobs and graduate schools and writing public texts such as emails, memos, social media posts, blogs, infographics, and opinion editorials. In the final chapter, they’ll learn how to create engaging oral and poster presentations.