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"I highly recommend this book for faculty, academic advisors and all higher educational professionals. Although the content is geared more closely to faculty and instructors, all university personnel should be aware of new, potentially significant mechanisms to impact student achievement. With clear descriptions and instructions for finding quality resources, the author has provided an abundance of information and tools for practitioners to apply across multiple disciplines." — NACADA Journal Issue 34 (2)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118277457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118277454
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John D. Shank is currently the Head of the Thun Library and the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons. He also is the founding Director of The Center for Learning & Teaching at Penn State Berks.

Prior to his appointment in July 2001, Shank held positions at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Montgomery County Community College. He was selected by Library Journal in 2005 as a Mover and Shaker. His responsibilities include teaching, administration, research, and service. As an instructor for the Communications, Arts & Sciences department, he teaches CAS 283 (Communication and Information Technology) & CAS 383 (Culture & Technology).

Shank developed the Berks Educational Technology Grant Curriculum Program in 2002 and since that time has directed more than 90 grant projects that have been awarded to more than 60 faculty, initially impacting over 100 courses and more than 3,500 students. These initiatives focus on enhancing the student-centered teaching and learning environment.

His research interests include the role, use, and impact of instructional technologies in higher education and academic libraries. He has given hundreds of presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. Additionally, he has authored and coauthored: books, book chapters, and articles that focus on library integration into learning management systems, Open Educational Resources (OERs), Learning Objects (Digital/Interactive Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. He is the Co-Founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian Online Community (http://blendedlibrarian.learningtimes.net/), as well as a reviewer for the journal College & Research Libraries.

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The information and ideas in this book are important - and frankly, vital, for college faculty to think about. While it's easy to dismiss "interactive" education as somehow 'lesser,' that's a naive view of the multimedia world we live in.

What this book provides is a broad roadmap to navigate this world to find these resources. What I think college students and faculty both forget is that both sides are navigating this world at the same time. Normally, a student would expect their faculty to teach them the research tools they'll be using. However, the last 10 years has utterly upended research - so the teachers are learning to navigate the research resources at the same time as their students. When most teachers were in school, after all, these new research methods and resources didn't exist. So now, the teacher learns pretty much on the fly, and then hopefully passes some of that knowledge to the students. Confusing? Yeah, it is. Welcome to the brave new world.

So this book provides a roadmap and workbook for faculty to BEGIN to locate and navigate resources that they can in turn help their students navigate. Not a workbook with assignments, as much as step-by-step instruction that builds on itself as you go.

This is a WORK-book, so you, the teacher, will have to do that work to learn as you go. Some parts (boolean searches) are very simple - too simple? - but other aspects are complex and challenging...but necessary to think about.

For my part, I prefer books in easily digestible chunks - but for this 'manual,' I'll need to read the whole thing in order and look at it as a more step-by-step instruction manual....which I'm not sure i'll be that motivated to do. But that's more my problem than the book's.
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This well-organized and written book is a useful resource for teachers and librarians and really anyone who has a need to find interactive learning materials for themselves or for someone they're helping.

The book lists several web sites where one can find interactive learning materials that can be used with or without fees. For each web site, the author provides helpful information on how long the site has been around, how big it is (i.e., how many resources can be found) and where the contributed learning materials are coming from, etc. Depending on the complexity or size of a web site, the author provides one or more links to videos that demonstrate how to navigate or search the web site (and associated sections, if applicable) efficiently and effectively.

Chapter Four contains a very helpful Quick Start Guide for Selecting Repositories by Subject. For mathematics, for example, NSDL (National Science Digital Library) is recommended as the best starting point, followed by MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) and OER Commons (Open Educational Resources Commons). The quick start guide lists recommended starting points and alternatives for about 42 subjects or disciplines ranging from Arts to Religious Studies to GeoScience, etc. Once you have a starting point, you still have to know how to navigate and search the web site to get to the type of learning materials you're looking for. For example, from a web site's home page, you might have to select by subject, say Mathematics, then a more specific area, such as Calculus or Linear Algebra.

The last few chapters are devoted to a discussion of how to evaluate and integrate interactive learning materials into college courses.

So, overall, while this book is useful, it is only a primer that gives you enough information to get you started in the right direction.
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I was expecting a little more in terms of depth and detail. The book does cover some excellent resources, but only at an introductory level. I wish that there was enough content provided to put these resources into practice, but any college librarian, educator, etc. that is unfamiliar with these resources and not so technologically savvy will find this book a good jumping off point for modernizing there methods.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E VINE VOICE on September 6, 2014
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As a university professor, this text might have had particular resonance with me. I enjoy being on the "cutting edge" of technology and integrating exciting new concepts into my classes (whether it is as small as tinkering with the newest addition to Moodle or as zany as having a class in Second-Life). Keeping abreast of the newest options for learning is crucial to remaining relevant in a university/college setting. However, it needs to be clearly stated that this text is a "primer" in every sense of the word. For professors just beginning their careers, this text will offer virtually nothing that we didn't grow-up using. (I mean this quite literally). Therefore, if you enter this text knowing that this is directed toward a slightly older generation of professors whose formative years were outside of the technological revolution, you might not be disappointed.

Once you open the text, you will note that the font is gigantic. If this were one of my student's papers, I might fail him/her for making his/her work appear longer than it truly is. The appearance is "alarming" and might make you question your investment. However (in defense of this book), it is also important to note that this font may be an attempt accommodate its target audience (which genuinely does appear to be the case).

Be prepared, some of the cited sources seem somewhat outdated. When discussing elements of technology, quoting research from 2001 in a text published in 2014 would be considered questionable by some members of the academic community. Just something to consider.

For many professors, the bulk of this text is often offered in the form of library lectures at your school. Therefore, before investing in this work, I would see if this is an option for you.
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