'This free eBook covers a wide range of eLearning topics, including mobile, K-12, hybrid learning design. It also features tips and information on technical writing, research, Web 2.0, eLearning challenges, and assessing eLearner profiles.'
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The book introduces eLearning and early in, provides an overview of study skills needed to succeed in eLearning. That is a comprehensive look at study skills in general, applicable to not only eLearning but also to using technology-based resources in traditional learning environments as well. Two chapters of the book focus on technical and academic writing, then the focus shifts to careers and professional development. The book encompasses eLearning at every stage of a lifelong learner’s life.
Target Student Population:
instructors, teachers, trainers, designers, learners, K-12, higher ed, and workforce
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None. The resource is a PDF eBook.
The book is packed with references and materials to investigate for more information. The book has some very effective explanations and ideas. It will well written and is free.
The scope of the book is so broad, it never gets a chance to focus in on any topic in enough detail.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Anyone associated with eLearning can find something in the book that is helpful. Individual chapters could be taken out of context of the book and used independently as a primer for that chapter’s topic. It is simple to read. There are great hints inside. The information is current.
The scope of the book is too broad. It could be more helpful if it focused on one area, for example, higher ed only, rather than K-12 and professional development too. It take a very broad approach but doesn’t feel cohesive.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
New concepts and jargon are introduced and clearly defined early in each chapter. The table of contents allows the reader to select individual essays to read out of the whole book.
The book would have better been called a Handbook of eLearning. The scope is too broad as an all-in-one survival guide.
Other Issues and Comments:
Individual essays and/or chapters could be used on their own to supplement or clarify topics independently of reading or using the entire book. There are still good resources in the book, despite being five years old at the time of this review.
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