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Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies

2nd Edition

By Michelle Pacansky-Brock


172 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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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. The second edition of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies provides new and experienced instructors with practical examples of how low-cost and free technologies can be used to support student learning as well as best practices for integrating web-based tools into a course management system and managing student privacy in a Web 2.0 environment. "Showcase" spotlights throughout exemplify how the tools described in the book are already being used effectively in educational settings.

This thoroughly revised second edition includes:

  • a new chapter that explores how and why faculty are using the public web and open educational resources in place of a learning management system (LMS) and an expensive textbook
  • additional tips and showcases in every chapter that illustrate faculty use of particular technologies
  • the inclusion of new tools to replace technologies that no longer exist
  • a revamped website featuring expanded online resources.

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.


"Dr. Pacansky-Brock provides inspiration and direction for anyone looking to integrate technology into the student learning experience. Her focus on students and learning allows readers to easily envision how they can use emerging technologies in their teaching. By providing personal stories alongside research findings and practical tips and showcases throughout, she has designed an essential resource for all educators."

–Jill Leafstedt, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations and Associate Professor, Education, California State University Channel Islands, USA

"Dr. Pacansky-Brock is one of educational technology’s most prolific leaders, bringing practical approaches to complex solutions while embracing the discord inherent in educational work. Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies provides the how of incorporating learning technology into pedagogy, but also looks at why technology (through her examples) is important for this space and time in formal education. Her research-grounded approach allows the book to come alive and become a foundational part of an instructor’s schema."

–Rolin Moe, Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation, Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Flipped Classroom

Chapter 1: Building a Solid Foundation

Chapter 2: Towards Participatory Pedagogy

Chapter 3: Essentials Toolkit

Chapter 4: Tools for Communication and Content Creation – Beyond Text!

Chapter 5: Tools for Participatory Learning

Chapter 6: Unlocking Learning

Chapter 7: Online Resources

About the Author

Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock (@brocansky) is a noted leader in higher education with expertise in online faculty development, course design, and facilitation. Michelle’s work has helped online instructors across the nation and beyond to understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. She has received national recognition for her excellence in teaching and has held various leadership roles with the Online Learning Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. Michelle is currently Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation for the California Community College system, supporting the CCC Online Education Initiative and @ONE (Online Network of Educators). Learn more about Michelle’s work 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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning