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Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781897425473 9781897425480 Year: Pages: 313 Language: English
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Accessible Elements informs science educators about current practices in online and distance education: distance-delivered methods for laboratory coursework, the requisite administrative and institutional aspects of online and distance teaching, and the relevant educational theory. Delivery of university-level courses through online and distance education is a method of providing equal access to students seeking post-secondary education. Distance delivery offers practical alternatives to traditional on-campus education for students limited by barriers such as classroom scheduling, physical location, finances, or job and family commitments. The growing recognition and acceptance of distance education, coupled with the rapidly increasing demand for accessibility and flexible delivery of courses, has made distance education a viable and popular option for many people to meet their science educational goals.

Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781897425763 9781897425770 Year: Pages: 350 Language: English
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A one-stop knowledge resource, Emerging Technologies in Distance Education showcases the international work of research scholars and innovative distance education practitioners who use emerging interactive technologies for teaching and learning at a distance. This widely anticipated book harnesses the dispersed knowledge of international experts who highlight pedagogical, organizational, cultural, social, and economic factors that influence the adoption and integration of emerging technologies in distance education. Emerging Technologies in Distance Education provides expert advice on how educators can launch effective and engaging distance education initiatives in response to technological advancements, changing mindsets, and economic and organizational pressures. The volume goes beyond the hype surrounding Web 2.0 technologies and highlights the important issues that researchers and educators need to consider to enhance educational practice.

Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781897425435 9781897425442 Year: Pages: 320 Language: English
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This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology.

The Theory and Practice of Online Learning

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781897425084 9781897425077 Year: Pages: 485 Language: English
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Every chapter in the widely distributed first edition has been updated, and four new chapters on current issues such as connectivism and social software innovations have been added. Essays by practitioners and scholars active in the complex, diverse, and rapidly evolving field of distance education blend scholarship and research; practical attention to the details of teaching and learning; and mindful attention to the economics of the business of education.

A Metaphoric Mind: Selected Writings of Joseph Couture

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ISBN: 9781926836522 9781926836539 9781926836546 Year: Pages: 329 Language: English
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Dr. Joseph Couture (1930Ð2007), known affectionately as "Dr. Joe," stood at the centre of some of the greatest political, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canada. A profound thinker and writer, as well as a gifted orator, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder and traditional healer and as an educational psychologist, one of the first Aboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD. His work challenged and transformed long-held views of Canada's Indigenous peoples, and his vision and leadership gave direction to many of the current fields of Aboriginal scholarship. His influence extended into numerous areasÑeducation, addictions and mental health treatment, community development, restorative justice, and federal correctional programming for Aboriginal peoples. With a foreword by Lewis Cardinal, A Metaphoric Mind brings together for the first time key works selected from among Dr. Joe's writings, published and unpublished. Spanning nearly thirty years, the essays invite us to share in his transformative legacy through a series of encounters, with Aboriginal spirituality and ancestral ways of knowing, with Elders and their teachings, with education and its role in politicization, self-determination, and social change, and with the restorative process and the meaning of Native healing.

Teaching Health Professionals Online: Frameworks and Strategies

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ISBN: 9781927356654 9781927356661 9781927356678 Year: Pages: 173 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781927356654.01 Language: English
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Intended for a wide range of health care professionals nurses, social workers, occupational and radiation therapists, chiropractors, dietitians, and dental hygienists who deliver online classes, this compendium of creative, challenging activities will inspire new and experienced instructors. Each chapter is contextualized within one of such educational theories as instructional immediacy, invitational theory, constructivism, connectivism, transformative learning, and quantum learning theory.

A Designer's Log: Case Studies in Instructional Design

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781897425619 9781897425466 Year: Pages: 267 Language: English
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Subject: Education
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Books and articles on instructional design in online learning abound but rarely do we get such a comprehensive picture of what instructional designers do, how they do it, and the problems they solve as their university changes. Power documents the emergence of an adapted instructional design model for transforming courses from single-mode to dual-mode instruction, making this designer’s log a unique contribution to the fi eld of online learning.

Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781927356470 9781927356487 9781927356494 Year: Pages: 154 Language: English
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Teaching in Blended Learning Environments provides a coherent framework in which to explore the transformative concept of blended learningÑthe organic integration of complementary face-to-face and online approaches and technologies. Built upon the theoretical framework of the Community of InquiryÑthe premise that higher education is both a collaborative and individually constructivist learning experienceÑthe authors present seven principles for harnessing the opportunities for teaching and learning available through technology. Focusing on teaching practices related to the design, facilitation, direction, and assessment of blended learning experiences, this text addresses the growing demand for improved teaching in higher education.

An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 1919-4382; 1919-4390 ISBN: 9781771992077 9781771992084 9781771992091 Year: Pages: 225 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771992077.01 Language: English
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Subject: Education
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The interest in and demand for online terminal degress across disciplines by professionals wishing to conduct research and fulfill doctoral degree requirements at a distance is only increasing. But what these programs look like, how they are implemented, and how they might be evaluated are the questions that challenge administrators and pedagogues alike. This book presents a model for a doctoral program that bridges theory, research, and practice and is offered completely or largely online. In their described program model, Kumar and Dawson enable researching professionals to build an online communtiy of inquiry, engage in critical discourse within and across disciplines, learn from and with experts and peers, and generate new knowledge. Their program design is grounded in the theoretical and research foundations of online, adult, and doctoral education, curriculum design and community-building, implementation and evaluation. The authors, who draw on their experience of implementing a similar program at the University of Florida, not only share data collected from students and faculty members but also reflect on lessons learned working on the program in diverse educational contexts. An important guide for program leaders who wish to develop and sustain an online professional doctorate, An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals will also be a valuable resource for higher education professionals seeking to include e-learning components in existing on-campus doctoral programs.

Valences of Interdisciplinarity: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy

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Book Series: Cultural Dialectics ISSN: 19158378 ISBN: 9781926836461 9781926836478 9781926836485 Year: Pages: 406 Language: English
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The modern university can trace its roots to Kant's call for enlightened self-determination, with education aiming to produce an informed and responsible body of citizens. As the university evolved, specialized areas of investigation emerged, enabling ever more precise research and increasingly nuanced arguments. In recent decades, however, challenges to the hegemony of disciplines have arisen, partly in response to a perceived need for the university to focus greater energy on its public vocation—teaching and the dissemination of knowledge.Valences of Interdisciplinarity presents essays by an international array of scholars committed to enhancing our understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and the practical realities of interdisciplinary teaching and research. What is, and what should be, motivating our reflections on (and practice of) approaches that transcend the conventional boundaries of discipline? And in adopting such transdisciplinary approaches, how do we safeguard critical methods and academic rigour? Reflecting on the obstacles they have encountered both as thinkers and as educators, the authors map out innovative new directions for the interdisciplinary project. Together, the essays promise to set the standards of the debate about interdisciplinarity for years to come.

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