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Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning

ISBN: 978-1-118-23808-0
352 pages
July 2012, Jossey-Bass
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You've heard about "flipping your classroom"—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

About the Author xxi

PART I: The New Digital Landscape 1

1. The Flat Classroom and Global Competition 3

2. Social Proximity and the Virtual Classroom 27

3. Games, Customization, and Learning 51

PART II: Designing 21st-Century Courses 73

4. Designing College More Like a Video Game 75

5. Technology for Information Delivery 103

6. Technology for Engagement 129

7. Technology for Assessment 153

8. The Naked Classroom 185

PART III Strategies for Universities of the Future 215

9. The Educational Product in the Internet Age 217

10. The Naked Curriculum 243

11. The Naked Campus 267

Bibliography 289

Index 315

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Author Information

José Antonio Bowen is dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, Algur H. Meadows Chair, and professor of music at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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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

"This is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time. I could not stop sharing quotes from it with my wife, also an educator, while reading it. It provides incredible insight and foresight in a fresh and bold analysis of what we could be doing and should be doing with technology in higher education."
L. Dee Fink, author, Creating Significant Learning Experiences
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TeachingNaked.com: Visit Josť Antonio Bowen's website to learn more about his ongoing work.
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