CAUL Advisory Committees

Choosing and Using Texbooks

An interesting article from July 24, 2013 by: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog, asks lots of questions about textbooks including:

If what’s presented in class is also covered in the book, do students need both? Why? Do we present the concepts and use the book to support them with examples? Or is it the reverse? Do we hold students responsible for mastering the basics presented in the textbook and use class time to explore topics more deeply or to work on knowledge application? What do we, as teachers, do better than the book? Where does the book trump our efforts? How does the relationship change when the course is online? Should students understand the relationship between the material presented in class and the content covered in the textbook?

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/choosing-and-using-textbooks/

Ralph Kiel
University Librarian

Filed under: Learning & Teaching

Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks

Twenty-three colleges and universities collaborated with Internet2, EDUCAUSE, the publisher McGraw-Hill, and the e-textbook platform provider Courseloadto deliver free digital versions of textbooksto over 5,000 students and faculty in 393 undergraduate and graduate courses with a median class size of 28. The pilot shed light not just on the usabilityof McGraw-Hill textbooks in Courseload but more broadly on the value of digital materials in higher education at this time.

Susan Grajek. Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot(Research Report). Louisville, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, June 2013

http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/understanding-what-higher-education-needs-e-textbooks-educauseinternet2-pilot

Ralph Kiel
University Librarian
Victoria University

Filed under: Learning & Teaching

Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks

Twenty-three colleges and universities collaborated with Internet2, EDUCAUSE, the publisher McGraw-Hill, and the e-textbook platform provider Courseload to deliver free digital versions of textbooksto over 5,000 students and faculty in 393 undergraduate and graduate courses with a median class size of 28. The pilot shed light not just on the usabilityof McGraw-Hill textbooks in Courseload but more broadly on the value of digital materials in higher education at this time.

Susan Grajek. Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot(Research Report). Louisville, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, June 2013

http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/understanding-what-higher-education-needs-e-textbooks-educauseinternet2-pilot

Ralph Kiel
University Librarian
Victoria University

 

Filed under: eTexts

Choosing and Using Texbooks

An interesting article from July 24, 2013 by: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog, asks lots of questions about textbooks including:

If what’s presented in class is also covered in the book, do students need both? Why? Do we present the concepts and use the book to support them with examples? Or is it the reverse? Do we hold students responsible for mastering the basics presented in the textbook and use class time to explore topics more deeply or to work on knowledge application? What do we, as teachers, do better than the book? Where does the book trump our efforts? How does the relationship change when the course is online? Should students understand the relationship between the material presented in class and the content covered in the textbook?

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/choosing-and-using-textbooks/

Ralph Kiel
University Librarian

 

Filed under: eTexts

Open access books

Making the case for open access books. Interesting article from The Guardian by Simon Chaplin.  A good look at the humanities and book publishing – “Through open access, they can reach a wider audience than ever before”.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2013/jun/13/open-access-books

Filed under: Library Publishing

Learning Analytics 101

This infographic captures the nature of Learning Analytics in education – what it can do, what it can be used for, limitations and implications for the future.  Useful for sharing with others in discussions about Learning Analytics – even if it generates slightly different perspectives.

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An Infographic by Open Colleges

From , editor of InformEd

Filed under: Learning & Teaching, Learning Analytics,

Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform

Jeffrey Young from Wired Campus reports on Blackboard’s announcement at its annual conference that it would be creating a new MOOC platform, which will be offered for free to existing customers.

Full article: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/blackboard-announces-new-mooc-platform/44687

Filed under: MOOCs

Building Organizational Capacity for Analytics

Donald Norris and Linda Baer have surveyed 40 leading institutions and 20 technology vendors to produce this report published by EDUCAUSE in February 2013. The aim of the project was to ‘determine the state of practice and gaps between needs and solutions in building capacity in analytics to improve student success’.

The survey findings will be used in developing “A Toolkit for Building Organizational Capacity in Analytics” currently being developed by the authors with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The paper provides findings to date. The project is ongoing and further surveys are planned with ongoing updating of information.

Full article: http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/building-organizational-capacity-analytics

Filed under: Learning Analytics

Coursera under fire in MOOCs licensing row

Megan Clement from The Conversation blog reports on recent criticisms of Coursera for not making its course materials available via Creative Commons licensing, contrary to notion of “open” as an underpinning of MOOCs.

Full article: https://theconversation.com/coursera-under-fire-in-moocs-licensing-row-15534

Filed under: MOOCs, Open Education