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How Elearning Practitioners can Find Value in Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology

By Jeremy Manjorin / August 29, 2017

This book review of Practical Augmented Reality written by Steve Aukstakalnis explores the practical side of augmented and virtual realities for the professional learner. » [Full Article]

Using Video Games to Crowdsource Scientific and Intellectual Work

By Robert Hein / August 24, 2016

This review examines Karen Schrier's new book, Knowledge Games, which forwards a platform and a rhetoric for thinking about, discussing, and developing a new breed a video games. These emerging "knowledge" games promise to enculturate players into scientific and intellectual communities, using their gameplay to actually help solve real-world problems and to generate knowledge. Schrier's infectious passion and easy-to-read style make her book an excellent point for teachers, students, researchers, and designers to learn about affordances and constraints of these potentially world-changing games. » [Full Article]

The New Organizational Learning: A Review of Teaming

By Clark Quinn / May 13, 2016

Amy Edmondson's new book, Teaming, points the way to the future of organizations. She makes a strong case that learning in organizations, the source of innovation, comes from people in teams. Professor Edmondson lays out the need for new structures, new processes, and new approaches for leadership. This review provides an overview and points out the contributions. » [Full Article]

Debunking The Myth of the Average Learner: A review of The End of Average

By Clark Quinn / April 29, 2016

The concept of average is flawed. We need a fundamental change in how we help learners achieve and contribute their best so they can move beyond average. In "The End of Average" Todd Rose argues the metrics we use to assess success--test scores, performance reviews, and grades--are antiquated and doing more harm than good. » [Full Article]

DIY multimedia: A review of a step-by-step handbook

By Sohag Lahiri / December 8, 2015

In "Develop Your Own Multimedia Application: How to Create Interactive Video Applications in Flash Format" Alexis Aronis demonstrates just how simple it is to create a multimedia application from scratch these days. Readers learn how to create unique video projects using Camtasia Studio and Power Point. » [Full Article]

A Roadmap for Evaluating Online Teaching

By Adam Wayne Jenkins / August 20, 2015

Evaluating Online Teaching is not so much a how-to guide as it as a roadmap, guiding the reader through the complexities of creating or overhauling a faculty evaluation process. The book places heavy emphasis on contextual factors and is filled with real-world examples. Evaluating Online Teaching is a must-read for distance learning administrators tasked with faculty evaluations. » [Full Article]

More Than Pretty: A review of Visual Design Solutions

By Ryan Tracey / April 29, 2015

Whether you realize it or not, you are a visual designer. But do not fear, because Connie Malamed's latest book will help you make your pictures more than pretty, by making them effective. » [Full Article]

Learning Technologies Then and Now

By Mark Notess / February 5, 2015

Bill Ferster's latest book, Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology, explores the history of self-directed learning, from correspondence courses to MOOCs. If you're new to the educational technology landscape, this book is a thought-provoking introduction. » [Full Article]

A Wake up Call for Practitioners

By Helen Blunden / January 26, 2015

With organizations facing many challenges today, what role does the learning professional have to play? And how can they help their organization succeed in todays changing business world? » [Full Article]

Revolutionize Learning and Development; An e-Learning Manifesto for All of Us

By Stevie Rocco / September 10, 2014

Clark Quinn's new book, "Revolutionize Learning and Development," offers many insights and suggestions for the changes that are needed for learning and performance in organizations going forward. From the need for data to how we conceive of a course, the text outlines next steps that organizations can take to optimize performance. » [Full Article]

Online and Distance Education Demands Researchers Pick a Topic and Get to Work

By Nakita Dolet / July 24, 2014

Online and distance educations continues to grow as a field, attracting students and educators from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Despite, a growing interest in online education, many argue there is a need for deliberate, well-informed research that helps in the continued development of the field. "Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda," edited by Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Terry Anderson, attempts to bring a renewed energy to online and distance education (ODEL) research by inviting a number of experts to discuss issues impacting this sector of education today. » [Full Article]

Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

By Simone C. O. Conceição / July 2, 2014

A variety of instructional design models provide pathways for developing courses using different philosophical approaches. However, many design models tend to focus more on the teaching than on the learning portion of the process. Roderick Sims, in his book "Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think About Learning and Teaching," provides an innovative approach to design online instruction that focuses primarily on the learning rather than the teacher or content. He uses the term "design alchemy" to explain how a designer can think about learning and teaching as a practical and effective means to creative online environments that maximize the educational experience. » [Full Article]

Alarmingly Shallow: The effects of Internet on our culture, community, and social well being

By David Seckman / June 20, 2014

In "The Shallows. What the Internet is doing to our Brains," Nicholas Carr investigates the various ways technology is becoming both enlightening and disturbingly influential in the learning, neurological, and decision-making ethos of the human race. He offers insights into side effects of the Internet on our ability to focus and think critically about the things we read, see, and discuss. This review challenges the notion that historical effects of the book and the Internet are disparate in nature, and argues for a more balanced approach to the way we view technology fitting into society and learning as we continue to change over time. » [Full Article]

Managing in Complexity: A book review of Flat Army

By Clark Quinn / April 22, 2014

Dan Pontefract's "Flat Army" lays out how to manage people in an organization in ways that jointly maximize the employee engagement and the organizational outcomes. If making work more meaningful and empowering employees is the wave of the future, the old ways wont work. This book lays out how to act, lead, and decide in the new organization. » [Full Article]

The Fundamentals for Successful Program Design

By Susan Knight / February 14, 2014

In the second edition of E-Learning by Design, William Horton provides a comprehensive, engaging, and practical guide for designing eLearning programs confidently and effectively. Horton explains what to do, the rationale behind it, and the benefit to learners. Readers will find a wealth of information, based on sound instructional design principles, which can be applied to any eLearning project. » [Full Article]

Review of 'Working Smarter: Informal Learning in the Cloud' by Jay Cross

By Peter Shea / July 1, 2010

Jay Cross's latest book, Working Smarter: Informal Learning in the Cloud, is his second title about informal learning. Acquiring knowledge through informal contacts and casual conversation, as Cross indicates, is as old as the campfire. However, the rise of social networking technology and Web 2.0 tools have worked as a force multiplier, greatly enhancing the power of people to acquire knowledge. » [Full Article]