Learning Resources


Back to the Future: The Changing Paradigm for College Textbooks and Libraries

The debate over electronic textbooks and ever-increasing costs for traditional textbooks continues to rage. Part of these Web-era dilemmas ironically involves the willingness to face contradictions from the university's past.

The Classroom Is 'Distance Learning'; the Web Is Connected Learning

In the popular imagination, the Web distances learners and teachers (and "face-to-face" in the classroom is then assumed more desirable). But in reality "face-to-face" can be the most distancing experience for the student, and Web-based learning the most connected of all. It is odd to realize that in many higher education classrooms, we find the real "distance learning."

Knovel Adds New Mining/Metallurgy Resources to Tech Collection

A company that makes technical information available in digital form for engineers and scientists has expanded its online collection.

OER Glue: 'Use Open Education Resources Where They Are; Integrate With Everyone'

If you find a good OER (open education resource) and copy it into your project, and meanwhile the OER keeps evolving, your project may quickly become obsolete. But OER Glue (from Tatemae), recognizing the transience of Web 2.0 resources, lets you mash live OERs into your project.

Stepping up to the Genius Bar

As they reconsider their role on campus, college bookstores take inspiration from the Apple Store.



Changing the Way We Teach

CT speaks with Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist, a researcher in digital ethnography, and an associate professor at Kansas State University, about his insights on teaching with technology.

Cengage Launches Online Learning Platform

Ed tech developer Cengage Learning has launched a new online learning platform for higher ed. Called MindTap, the platform is designed to work across devices--traditional computers, smart phones, and tablets--to deliver coursework, learning management, and a range of educational materials.

The Old Revolution

Discussions of educational change and debates over traditional values versus new movements in education have seemed to ebb and flow over the history of education, particularly during the 20th century. But is the environment now right for a true revolution, with the push toward "21st Century skills" and new media? Michael Wesch examines trends over several decades to offer some perspective.

Feeling 'All Boxed-Out?' Prezi Offers an Alternative to PowerPoint

The presentation paradigm is starting to change with the times. We may finally get free from the “boxed” ideas in PowerPoint slides. A good first step is Prezi.

Ohio System Teams with Flat World Knowledge on Freebie Digital Textbooks

The University System of Ohio is setting a spark under faculty members to encourage them to try out digital textbooks in the classroom with a new pilot program that will allow 1,000 Ohio students to receive the texts for free.