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Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching

ISBN: 978-1-118-27745-4
196 pages
January 2014, Jossey-Bass
Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What
Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), this one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the best tools, resources, and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive open educational resources (OERs) into the teaching and learning process. The author examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting, and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system.
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Preface: Transforming the Learning Experience through New Forms of Instructional Materials in the Digital Information Age ix

About the Author xv

PART ONE Interactive Learning Materials: Setting the Stage 1

ONE Interactive Learning Materials: Engaging Learners in the Emerging Digital World 3

TWO Defining an Emergent Class of Educational Resources: Interactive Multimedia Modules, Simulations, and Games 11

PART TWO Finding ILMs: A Digital Exploration 19

THREE The Discovery Process: The Art of Discovering ILMs 21

FOUR The Pioneers: Searching Online Educational Repositories in North America and the United Kingdom 35

FIVE The Educators: Searching College and University Educational Repositories 61

SIX The Entrepreneurs: Textbook Publishers, Entertainment Media, and Educational Software Companies 83

SEVEN The Exhibitors: Museums, Professional Organizations, and Governmental Organizations 95

PART THREE Choosing and Using ILMs 111

EIGHT The Selection Process: How to Choose and Evaluate ILMs 113

NINE The Implementation Process: How to Instruct and Engage Students through ILMs 129

TEN The Assessment Process: The Impact of ILMs on Student Learning 143

Epilogue: HowFaculty, Librarians, and Instructional Support Staff Transform Learning with ILMs in the Future 155

References 163

Index 169

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John D. Shank is an instructional design librarian for the Information Commons at the Thun Library, Penn State Berks in Reading, Pennsylvania. He has a decade of experience working with instructors and directing the integration of interactive learning resources into web-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses.

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"I highly recommend this book for faculty, academic advisors and all higher educational professionals. Although the content is geared more closely to faculty and instructors, all university personnel should be aware of new, potentially significant mechanisms to impact student achievement. With clear descriptions and instructions for finding quality resources, the author has provided an abundance of information and tools for practitioners to apply across multiple disciplines." — NACADA Journal Issue 34 (2)
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John Shank's YouTube Channel: View videos that demonstrate how to quickly and effectively search the best online repositories and libraries to find interactive learning materials that you can incorporate into your courses.
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January 13, 2014
INTERACTIVE OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching

Recent faculty surveys show that some of the most difficult challenges instructors face when teaching are motivating and engaging their students, while making connections to critical course content. And today’s students are “digital natives”—a generation who like to be able to watch, listen, read, and interact with their technology-rich environment. Consequently, interactive learning resources in various formats (including multimedia tutorials, modules, games, and simulations) are rapidly becoming vital learning resources for faculty and students to enhance both classroom and online learning. Unfortunately, it is difficult and confusing for faculty, librarians, and students to locate and utilize existing high-quality interactive learning resources. 

Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, INTERACTIVE OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand; January 2014; $38; Paper and available as an e-book; ISBN: 978-1-118-27745-4) is the only resource to weed through OERs to identify which ones are effective.  It helps decipher the best tools, resources, and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive learning resources into the higher education teaching and learning process. 

Author John D. Shank examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting, and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system. 

These new resources, and new activities centered around them, will increase student engagement with the course content, and enhance student learning. Additionally, instructors will learn how to employ and use interactive learning resources for student assessment.

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