The books I have pinned here are part of my personal library. These are outstanding guides and references for the teacher engaged in online learning.
Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning: Marc R. Prensky: Amazon.com: Books. Available as an ebook. Prensky presents a model for 21st-century teaching and learning, in which students become learners and creators of knowledge through technology while teachers guide and assess student learning.
62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning: "Effective eLearning deliverables require more than just text and few random graphics. Good graphic design, user interface (UI) design, and user experience (UX) design aren’t optional – they’re necessary to ensure maximum learner comprehension and retention."
62 Tips on Effective eLearning Instructional Design: "It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the new learning technologies that become available every day: mobile apps, 3-D virtual worlds, geolocation, MOOCs, new development tools, and on and on. But despite the allure of these toys and shiny objects, the success of any eLearning project rests primarily on effective instructional design, not on any mix of technologies."
Microcycle Testing: Better Course Quality Assurance Testing in a Fourth of the Time. This white paper discusses the most common problems learning project managers encounter in the quality assurance testing phase, introduces best practices for testing e-learning courses, and explains how to use technology and a simple but rigorous process to achieve better results in about one fourth of the normal time required.
Instructionally Effective Use of PowerPoint Conversion for eLearning. Yes, simply converting PowerPoint presentations can be harmful to your learner's and e-learning initiative's health. This white paper discusses how you can still use PowerPoint as the basis of your training and create amazingly interactive courses with less effort and time than you might expect.
68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity. So how do we drive engagement in eLearning and mLearning? Interactivities can help, but only if we design those interactivities effectively. Learners also need engaging content, an engaging (or at least not frustrating) interface, engaging media and visual design, and maybe a game here and there. In this eBook, experts provide 68 tips for making sure your learners are fully engaged.
129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms. In this eBook, experts provide 129 tips for educators and designers who want to make the best use of these technologies. Whether you are brand new to virtual classrooms and virtual worlds or have been working with them for a while, you should find something in here for you.
The Mobile Academy: mLearning for Higher Education. A fundamental revolution in higher education is being sparked by the ubiquity of mobile devices used by students, faculty, and administrators. The opportunity is ripe for institutions, instructors, and instructional designers to take advantage of mobile technology to enhance the learning experience.
"Ways of Learning: Learning Theories and Learning Styles in the Classroom" by Alan Pritchard. Provides greater insight into what is currently known about the processes of learning and about individual learning preferences, teachers are able to provide even better learning situations which are even more likely to lead to effective learning.
"Backwards Planning: Building Enduring Understanding Through Instructional Design" by Harriet Isecke. Increase student achievement with a systematic approach to lesson design. Learn how to identify enduring understandings, set goals, establish benchmarks, and monitor progress to move your students to mastery of standards, while differentiating to meet their diverse needs.
"Understanding by Design," Expanded 2nd Edition by Wiggins & McTighe. What is understanding and how does it differ from knowledge? How can we determine the big ideas worth understanding? Why is understanding an important teaching goal, and how do we know when students have attained it? How can we create a rigorous and engaging curriculum that focuses on understanding and leads to improved student performance in today’s high-stakes, standards-based environment?
Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.
"Designing & Teaching Learning Goals & Objectives (Classroom Strategies That Work)" is another excellent book by Robert J. Marzano. Design and teach effective learning goals and objectives by following strategies based on the strongest research available. This first book in The Classroom Strategies Series includes a summary of key research behind these classroom practices and shows how to implement them using step-by-step hands-on strategies.
"Becoming a Reflective Teacher (Classroom Strategies)" by Marzano and Boogren. Just as successful athletes must identify personal strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and engage in focused practice to meet their goals, so must teachers. Crafted around a detailed compendium of over 270 ready-to-use reflection strategies and organized under 41 elements of effective teaching.