- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118110358
- ISBN-13: 978-1118110355
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning 1st Edition
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"It's true that Bowen is interested in creating classroom space for interaction, discussion, reflection and engagement. But the book—part persuasion, part how-to—spends a great deal more time on what technology offers for the design of educational experiences.... Teaching Naked [is a] good introduction to some of the most notable and/or promising types of resources for higher education."
—Mary Taylor Huber, "Books Worth Reading" for Change magazine
"This is an important book. Everyone who is concerned about the future of higher education should read it. In a highly readable and lively style, Bowen makes the most intelligent argument I’ve encountered about how we should think about teaching and learning and emerging technologies. It is also a powerful guide to more effective teaching and deeper learning."
—Ken Bain, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of history and urban education, University of the District of Columbia; and author, What the Best College Teachers Do
"Teaching Naked is a persuasive proposal for using technology outside the classroom to free up time inside the classroom for more meaningful student-faculty interaction. Insightful and provocative, it is filled with practical advice for teachers, administrators, and institutions on how to navigate the revolutionary present in order to remain relevant for the future."
—Elizabeth Barkley, professor of music, Foothill College, and author, Student Engagement Techniques and Collaborative Learning Techniques
—L. Dee Fink, author, Creating Significant Learning Experiences
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The important point is that technology gives wonderful opportunities for teachers and educators to save their time, to have more prepared students in the class, and to develop an assessment system that will satisfy every student’s needs and preferences.
I know that Bowen discusses mostly American education, but in his words I can also find some truth about other systems of education. His wonderful examples about music, textbooks, and newspapers show that traditional higher education needs to be changed, transformed, and integrated in something new and exclusive. Something that cannot be found in the Internet, and something that will make knowledge be active and productive. It should be something that will develop skills in students rather than content. Or, it should be something that will inspire students to create and achieve. This was Bowen’s main idea in these three chapters.
To be more specific, I learned that higher education will never be the same as we knew it. Personalization and customization brought more choices for students and their parents. Students became more demanding and selective. Online technology showed people that education can be different. It can be cheaper and more flexible. Traditional universities are competing now by creating hybrid systems. Bowen points out that these hybrid systems can work only if educators and instructors will be able to combine online and physical interactions and develop the idea of glocalization. To do that, classroom architecture, student numbers in the classroom, and schedules should be changed too. Even the length of the learning units should be reconsidered. These changes will cause other changes like price. Bowen goes further and suggests creation of a price that will be based on learning outcomes.
In my future practice I will definitely apply some instructions that Bowen gives in his book:
1. To pay more attention to skills and learning outcomes rather than course content
2. To design a course that includes teacher–student and student-student interactions
3. To create a positive learning environment with the help of classroom furniture arrangement and technology
4. To apply a hybrid system of teaching (TAs and online resources)
5. To be risky and not be afraid of changes
The one important point that I understood from this book is that to be successful you always need to adapt to new conditions and create something innovative because the world is changing, and it is impossible to use the same trick for ten years. Development comes through constant changes, and risk always accompanies you. It depends on you if you want to try and win, or if you want to lose without trying.
Teaching Naked is thoroughly researched and carefully thought out, and the author's philosophy is clearly and convincingly explained.
This is a good book for all who are serious about teaching and learning.
Divided into three parts, each with a different focus, the message is, in fact, not about ditching technology. This book is a warning that teaching as we know it must adapt and grow beyond the lecture, powerpoint, take notes and tests and go home model to which we have grown accustomed. Bowen makes analogies to record companies, to Borders Books, and other once astounding and much beloved resources that did not expect to be bumped by newer ways of doing things.
There is far more emphasis on using technology and the impact technology is having than the title would lead you to believe.
Thought-provoking. Worth reading.