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Tuesday, November 28, 2017  
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SEVEN NEW PUBLICATIONS have been added as member benefits to an already extensive publications library found under the Publications link on our website.

Many thanks to the authors and the partnership with Springer.

Educational Technology to Improve Quality and Access on a Global Scale

Papers from the Educational Technology World Conference (ETWC 2016)

Editors: Kay Persichitte, Atwi Suparman, Michael Spector

This is an edited volume based on expanded versions of the best 30 papers presented at ETWC 2016 in Bali. Included are contributions from the keynote speakers of ETWC 2016: Robert Branch, Tian Belawati, Steve Harmon, Johannes Cronjé, Marc Childress, Mike Spector, Chairul Tanjung, and Rudiantara. The work is organized into the following sections: (a) Effective Technology Integration in Teaching and Learning, (b) Quality Design, Development and Implementation, (c) Innovation and Creativity in Distance Education, and (d) Open Access, Courses and Resources

ICT-Supported Innovations in Small Countries and Developing Regions

Editor: Ian A. Lubin, Independent Scholar and Researcher

This timely analysis brings greater clarity to the question of how ICT-supported innovations are experienced in small low- to middle-income countries and developing regions with implications for international education and development. By bringing together a group of international technologists, researchers, and scholars, this book explores the building of local capacity for educational technology policy and application in such regions and ably links theory to practice to illuminate how the issues at hand play out in professional practice. The volume offers itself as an invaluable resource by offering a salient assessment of the existent methodological and ecological challenges and constraints in developing, implementing, and evaluating technology and technology research, while simultaneously providing recommendations and strategy for future policy and implementation.

Emerging Research, Practice, and Policy on Computational Thinking

Editors: Peter J. Rich, Charles B. Hodges

This book reports on research and practice on computational thinking and the effect it is having on education worldwide, both inside and outside of formal schooling. With coding becoming a required skill in an increasing number of national curricula (e.g., the United Kingdom, Israel, Estonia, Finland), the ability to think computationally is quickly becoming a primary 21st century “basic” domain of knowledge. The authors of this book investigate how this skill can be taught and its resultant effects on learning throughout a student's education, from elementary school to adult learning.

Instructional Design Standards for Distance Learning

Editor: Anthony A. Piña, Sullivan University

The version of the standards presented here marks the beginning of what we hope will be an extended conversation. The standards began as a series of discussions between AECT staff and members about the large number of universities now developing online courses without the guidance of any research-based standards for designing online learning. Working from the extensive research literature on instructional design, two AECT members drafted the standards, and an edited version was approved by AECT’s Executive Committee and shared with selected members of the Division of Distance Learning.

Leading and Managing e-Learning:

What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know

Editors: Piña, Anthony A., Lowell, Victoria L., Harris, Bruce R. (Eds.)

This book provides state-of-the-art knowledge on how to establish, organize, staff, and develop online education/e-learning programs. It strengthens knowledge of the different technologies, infrastructure and issues necessary for leaders and managers to make competent decisions. It is the most comprehensive guide for administrative practice currently available for e-learning leaders and managers.

Plus! -Two New SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology

Visualization Tools for Learning Environment Development

Dr. Joseph Frantiska, Jr. in SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology (2018)

This brief discusses and explains how an educator can use various tools (Use Case, IPO diagrams, flowcharts, entity-relationship diagrams, information mapping) to help visualize how a learning environment will work. Such tools were originally developed for use by software engineers but as the complexity of learning environments has increased with various interfaces and processing, both educators and students have developed a need to understand the design and development of visualization tools. The primary audiences for this text are K-12 and post-secondary educators and instructional designers who want to use tools that will allow them to develop effective learning environments in an efficient manner. Undergraduate and graduate students in an educational technology class can also employ these tools and techniques to develop their own materials.

The 7 Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education

Danah Henriksen in SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology (2018)

This book focuses on rethinking creativity for 21st century education. The specific emphasis examines the way that creativity spans disciplines, through a set of common thinking skills that the most accomplished thinkers in any field use. These seven transdisciplinary thinking skills are rooted in historical exemplars of creativity across disciplines. We examine these skills in more detail, chapter by chapter, to offer examples of what each skill looks like in disciplines ranging from art to science, or music to math, and beyond. This set of thinking skills reflects the way that creativity may look different across fields, yet there are common paths of creative thinking that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Beyond this each chapter also considers applications for such skills in 21st century educational contexts, with an eye toward creative teaching and technology. In all of this, the book weaves together broad cultural examples of creativity and the seven transdisciplinary skills, alongside specific application-based examples from technology and teacher education.

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