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Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies

By Michelle Pacansky-Brock

© 2013 – Routledge

164 pages

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As social media and Web 2.0 technologies continue to transform the learning trends and preferences of students, educators need to understand the applicability of these new tools in all types of learning environments. Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies will provide both new and experienced online, hybrid, and face-to-face instructors with:

  • practical examples of how low-cost and free technologies can be used to support student learning
  • best practices for integrating web-based tools into a course management system and managing student privacy in a Web 2.0 environment
  • "Showcase" spotlights woven throughout the book, providing examples of how the tools described in the book are already being used effectively in educational settings
  • an easy-to-reference format, organized with visual icons used to delineate each tool's visual, video, voice, and mobile features
  • ideas for integrating mobile learning into your students' learning experiences.

This practical, easy-to-use guide will serve the needs of educators seeking to refresh or transform their instruction. Readers will be rewarded with an ample yet manageable collection of proven emerging technologies that can be leveraged for generating content, enhancing communications with and between students, and cultivating participatory, student-centered learning activities.


"Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies provides a friendly, accessible introduction to a large number of teaching tools and ideas, and includes the necessary level of detail to help instructors adopt them. It should be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of many higher education faculty, and a useful resource for institutional offices that support instructional innovation, distance learning, and faculty professional development." —Teachers College Record

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Flipped Classroom Chapter One: Building a Solid Foundation Chapter Two: A New Paradigm for a New Century Chapter Three: Essentials Toolkit Chapter Four: Tools for Communication and Content Creation … beyond text! Chapter Five: Backchannels & Tools for Participatory Learning Chapter Six: Mobile and Beyond Chapter Seven: Online Resources

About the Author

Michelle Pacansky-Brock received the 2007 Sloan-C Excellence in Online Teaching Award, a 2007 NISOD award for Teaching Excellence, a Sloan-C Effective Practice Award in 2010 for her use of VoiceThread, and the Capella Educator Advancement scholarship in 2011. Her current projects and interests include teaching the history of photography online, facilitating online faculty development courses, consulting for companies and colleges, supporting statewide faculty training and educational technology integration efforts in California, and completing an EdD in Educational Leadership and Management. Learn more about Michelle at

About the Series

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

Online education continues to explode as a diverse group of higher education institutions and non-profit and governmental entities adopt both fully online and blended learning. As a result there has likewise been tremendous growth in the need for special preparation and training for instructors in the methods and approaches to teaching online – moving beyond the emphasis on software training that once comprised a large portion of online teaching training. Many instructors seek introductory, yet comprehensive professional development books that coincide with the next stages in their online teaching careers. While they are interested in principles and tips that are grounded in evidence-based research, they do not necessarily want to wade through research in order to formulate the applications that constitute best practices.

Enter Routledge’s Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning series, which provides in-depth coverage of focused areas or issues educators might confront in the ever-changing environment of online teaching and learning. Based on the solid experience of expert practitioners and communicated in a jargon-free, popular style, titles in this series will address the most current issues and trends in online teaching and learning. Each title is designed to be rich in examples drawn from experienced, real-life online instructors, exemplifying a best practices approach and lending themselves to easy application by the reader.

The Best Practices concept provides a unifying element in the series and offers more in-depth coverage than existing series. By covering both depth and breadth of content books in the series is introductory enough to be of interest and readily apprehended by those relatively new to online education but still rigorous and example-based to appeal to those seeking further professional development and knowledge in this area.

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