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Read more about Hybrid-Flexible Course Design

Hybrid-Flexible Course Design

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Beatty

Publisher: EdTech Books

License: CC BY

This volume provides readers with methods, case stories, and strategies related to Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) course design so that they may make decisions about using it themselves and even begin their own HyFlex course (re)design. More specifically, based on the needs identified for their course(s), readers will be able to a) determine if and how HyFlex course design could help them solve critical needs, b) take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve their education practice, enabling them to better serve more students, c) gain an awareness of the HyFlex design, d) find their own innovative HyFlex solution to their specific challenges, and e) begin the HyFlex implementation process using strategies similar to those used by instructors described in this book. The volume describes the fundamental principles of HyFlex design, explains a process for design and development, and discusses implementation factors that instructors have experienced in various higher education institutions. These factors include the drivers, the variations in implementation approaches and constraints, and the results (e.g., student scores, student satisfaction). A series of worksheets provides specific guidance that can be used by individuals or teams engaging in HyFlex design projects at their own institution. Case reports from institutions and faculty who have successfully implemented HyFlex-style courses provide a rich set of real-world stories to draw insights for a reader’s own design setting.

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Read more about Informed Arguments:  A Guide to Writing and Research - Revised Second Edition

Informed Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Research - Revised Second Edition

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Pantuso, LeMire, and Anders

Publisher: Texas A&M University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Welcome to composition and rhetoric! While most of you are taking this course because it is required, we hope that all of you will leave with more confidence in your reading, writing, researching, and speaking abilities as these are all elements of freshman composition. Many times, these elements are presented in excellent textbooks written by top scholars. While the collaborators of this particular textbook respect and value those textbooks available from publishers, we have been concerned about students who do not have the resources to purchase textbooks. Therefore, we decided to put together this Open Educational Resource (OER) explicitly for use in freshman composition courses at Texas A&M University. It is important to note that the focus for this text is on thesis-driven argumentation as that is the focus of the first year writing course at Texas A&M University at the time of development. However, other first year writing courses at different colleges and universities include a variety of types of writing such as personal essays, informative articles, and/or creative writing pieces. The collaborators for this project acknowledge each program is unique; therefore, the adaptability of an OER textbook for first year writing allows for academic freedom across campuses.

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Read more about Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Paris, Beeve, and Springer

Publisher: College of the Canyons

License: CC BY

Welcome to learning about how to effectively plan curriculum for young children. This textbook will address:

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Read more about Bad Ideas About Writing

Bad Ideas About Writing

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributors: Ball and Loewe

Publisher: West Virginia University

License: CC BY

We intend this work to be less a bestiary of bad ideas about writing than an effort to name bad ideas and suggest better ones. Some of those bad ideas are quite old, such as the archetype of the inspired genius author, the five-paragraph essay, or the abuse of adjunct writing teachers. Others are much newer, such as computerized essay scoring or gamification. Some ideas, such as the supposed demise of literacy brought on by texting, are newer bad ideas but are really instances of older bad ideas about literacy always being in a cycle of decline. Yet the same core questions such as what is good writing, what makes a good writer, how should writing be assessed, and the like persist across contexts, technologies, and eras. The project has its genesis in frustration, but what emerges is hope: hope for leaving aside bad ideas and thinking about writing in more productive, inclusive, and useful ways.

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Read more about Sharing Our Knowledge: Best Practices for Supporting English Language Learners in Schools

Sharing Our Knowledge: Best Practices for Supporting English Language Learners in Schools

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Prokopchuk

Publisher: OPENPRESS.USASK.CA

License: CC BY

To complete the course ECUR 415.3: Current Issues in EAL, students are required to submit a final paper that reflects their growing knowledge about English as an Additional Language (EAL). EAL is the term used in Saskatchewan to describe students who speak languages other than English and require adequate levels of English to be successful with the school curriculum.

(7 reviews)

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Read more about Trauma-Informed School Practices: Building Expertise To Transform Schools

Trauma-Informed School Practices: Building Expertise To Transform Schools

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Berardi and Morton

Publisher: George Fox University Library

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This textbook represents the combined insight and experience of Morton, a k12 educator, and Berardi, a psychotherapist, both of whom are also university educators with extensive work experience serving districts and their teachers seeking to incorporate trauma-informed principles into their school culture and classroom. The authors identify that the field of education is now ready to deepen its level of response to the paradigm shift created by advances in neuroscience and traumatology. Hence, the primary focus is on identifying and applying trauma-informed educator competencies needed to transform districts, schools, educators, classrooms, and the field of education itself, while also including community members such as parents and board members in these processes - a total system makeover. At the conclusion of this text, the student, educator, or mental health professional will have a deeper understanding of what trauma-informed practice requires of them. This includes practical strategies on how to transform our learning communities in response to the devastating effect of unmitigated stress and trauma on our student's ability to learn and thrive throughout the lifespan.

(14 reviews)

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Read more about Wellbeing in Educational Contexts

Wellbeing in Educational Contexts

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Carter and Andersen

Publisher: University of Southern Queensland

License: CC BY-NC

Wellbeing in Educational Contexts

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Read more about Creating Online Learning Experiences

Creating Online Learning Experiences

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Crosslin, Benham, Dellinger, Patterson, Semingson, Spann, Usman, Watkins, Dellinger, Heiser, Riviou, and Usman

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

License: CC BY-NC

This book provides an updated look at issues that comprise the online learning experience creation process. As online learning evolves, the lines and distinctions between various classifications of courses has blurred and often vanished. Classic elements of instructional design remain relevant at the same time that newer concepts of learning experience are growing in importance. However, problematic issues new and old still have to be addressed. This handbook explores many of these topics for new and experienced designers alike, whether creating traditional online courses, open learning experiences, or anything in between.

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Read more about Oregon Writes Open Writing Text

Oregon Writes Open Writing Text

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributor: Kepka

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

License: CC BY

This textbook guides students through rhetorical and assignment analysis, the writing process, researching, citing, rhetorical modes, and critical reading. Using accessible but rigorous readings by professionals throughout the college composition field, the Oregon Writes Writing Textbook aligns directly to the statewide writing outcomes for English Composition courses in Oregon.

(6 reviews)

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Read more about Learning to Learn Online

Learning to Learn Online

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Learning Centres, Page, and Vincent

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

License: CC BY-SA

Learning to Learn Online helps you prepare for online learning success by introducing you to the online learning environment and your role as a learner within it. As you come to understand yourself as an self-directed learner, you will also be introduced to effective learning strategies: time management for online learners, information management, professional communication, and reading strategies. Welcome to your online learning journey!

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