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Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning - 2nd Edition

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A.W. (Tony) Bates, University of British Columbia

Copyright Year: 2015

Last Update: 2019

Publisher: BCcampus

Language: English

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Reviewed by George Watson, Professor, Marshall University on 10/21/21

The textbook is appropriate and includes a substantial amount of material on the subject. read more

Reviewed by Kathleen McAleer, Associate Professor, Bridgewater State University on 6/30/20

This text offers the reader a substantive overview of everything needed to get started with online teaching. read more

Reviewed by Colin Stapp, Learning Technology Facilitator/ Adjunct Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 5/23/19

This book covers a wide range of digital technologies but the comprehensive nature stems from also including foundations of educational media, learning theory, and delivery methods for instruction. read more

Reviewed by Yassine Rfissa, Lecturer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln on 3/31/19

I think the textbook is very a comprehensive resource that covers a wide range of topics related to teaching in a digital age, and it is smoothly divided into twelve chapters and also into sections, and includes an effective index and... read more

Reviewed by Adam Barger, Director of eLearning Initiatives, VIVA; College of William & Mary on 1/4/19

This book is robust and thorough in terms of the overall breadth of the content. It is very well organized and the flow of information from early chapters through the end allows readers to easily build on prior knowledge. The depth of the content... read more

Reviewed by Chelsey Bollinger, Assistant Professor, JMU on 11/16/18

This text is comprehensive and provides an effective index. Bates begins with a discussion of how education has changed and continues to change teaching and learning in the digital age, continues with a discussion on epistemological and... read more

Reviewed by cheryl harder, Instructor, MnSCU- FDLTCC on 10/6/18

The index is superb. the book follows a logical sequence of learning objectives. read more

Reviewed by Margie Massey, Associate Professor, Colorado State University-Pueblo on 6/19/18

The book has a very inclusive list of topics that support Teaching in a Digital Age well. The table of contents is clear and allows the reader to jump to the specific topic they are interested in. There is additional supportive information that... read more

Reviewed by Mary Bishop, Dr, Dean of Students, Staffordshire Univeristy on 2/1/18

This book covers a broad, complex area. It does so in a really accessible way, with a clear introduction and chapter splits. Easy to read all the way through or to dip in and out of. It covers a wide variety of topics all of which are both key... read more

Reviewed by Kimberly Rogers, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University on 2/1/18

The book has 12 Chapters, which are effectively separated into clear topics related to perspectives on teaching, methods for teaching in this technology-rich culture we live in, and scenarios related to some of the topics within the book that... read more

Reviewed by Oksana Zavalina, Associate Professor, University of North Texas on 4/11/17

This book covers in its 12 chapters and on over 500 pages all important aspects of teaching in the digital age and knowledge-based economy. This includes review of theory and practice of knowledge and learning; various teaching methods, modes, and... read more

Reviewed by Antonio Causarano, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Mary Washington on 4/11/17

The textbook is a systematic introduction to what it means to teach in a digital age. It takes into account the changing nature of the students in higher education-the digital natives discussed by Prensky more than a decade ago-and now part of the... read more

Reviewed by Elizabeth Blankenship, Coordinator, Center for Teaching Innovation, University of New Orleans on 2/8/17

This text addresses not only the practical area of tools and skills employed in digital teaching and learning but raises discussion around current questions about the role of digital education in a changing market, where universities and community... read more

Reviewed by Sara Dempster, Instructor, Nicholls State University on 2/8/17

The text covers a comprehensive list of topics related to Teaching in a Digital Age. Each topic is clearly labeled in the Index. The author provides information and suggestions for each topic covered in relation to education in a digital world. read more

Reviewed by Tian Luo, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University on 12/5/16

I think the text covers a wide range of topics regarding the topic, teaching in a digital age. I believe the content is comprehensive, current, and appropriate. read more

Reviewed by Norb Thomes, Learning Systems and Services Coordinator, Winona State University on 12/5/16

The text covered the subject very well. I feared the text would be yet another "10 Best iPad Apps" rehash, but that was not the case at all. The reader was stepped through the entire teaching process through a pedagogical lens that makes the... read more

Reviewed by Liz Hardy, Instructor, Rogue Community College on 8/21/16

The content of this book is very comprehensive. The author provides very useful information to consider about the teaching in a digital age. It really helps you to understand more about how to help your students to develop the skills for a... read more

Reviewed by Carrie Miller, Instructional Designer, Minnesota State University on 8/21/16

Teaching in a Digital Age is a a comprehensive text for anyone thinking about moving forward with adopting technology into the classroom or with changing the delivery method of their course. While this text is not a "cookbook on how to teach," as... read more

Reviewed by Kathi Berens, Assistant Professor, Portland State University on 8/21/16

As a longtime consultant to distance learning programs around the world, author Tony Bates is an innovator at the level of system implementation. He is not a teacher, so this book’s title “Teaching in the Digital Age” raises expectations that the... read more

Reviewed by Franziska Wilcox, Senior Instructor, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

The book is very comprehensive, and includes an effective index and glossary. One can navigate with ease through each one of the twelve chapters, which are broken down by sections. Having "key takeaways" from each chapter at both the beginning and... read more

Reviewed by Kathi Inman Berens, Assistant Professor, Portland State University on 1/7/16

While the scope of _Teaching in a Digital Age _ is comprehensive, its failure to cite, link to or engage most scholarship of digital pedagogy produced since 2000 means that the author is responsible for a wide range of material that he can treat... read more

Reviewed by Rick Harper, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts on 1/7/16

Teaching is a huge topic, but the text does a thorough job covering subject areas; extensive appendices that include teaching scenarios, definitions and further resources. read more

Reviewed by Lana Fornes, Instructor, Valley City State University on 1/7/16

This book would provide useful information and support for college and university faculty, as well as for some K-12 teachers; as they consider how best to effectively engage and support student learning for "digital natives" and others seeking... read more

Reviewed by Eric Milholland, Instructor, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

This text is quite comprehensive. Not only does it cover the current topics in Educational Technology, it does a fantastic job of reviewing exactly how and why we arrived at this point in time. After all, it is important to understand how past... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Fundamental Change in Education
  • Chapter 2: The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching
  • Chapter 3: Methods of teaching: campus-focused
  • Chapter 4: Methods of teaching with an online focus
  • Chapter 5: MOOCs
  • Chapter 6: Building an effective learning environment
  • Chapter 7: Understanding technology in education
  • Chapter 8: Pedagogical differences between media
  • Chapter 9: Choosing and using media in education: the SECTIONS model
  • Chapter 10: Modes of delivery
  • Chapter 11: Trends in open education
  • Chapter 12: Ensuring quality teaching in a digital age
  • Chapter 13: Supporting teachers and instructors in a digital age

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  • About the Book

    Teachers, instructors and faculty are facing unprecedented change, with often larger classes, more diverse students, demands from government and employers who want more accountability and the development of graduates who are workforce ready, and above all, we are all having to cope with ever changing technology. To handle change of this nature, teachers and instructors need a base of theory and knowledge that will provide a solid foundation for their teaching, no matter what changes or pressures they face.

    Although the book contains many practical examples, it is more than a cookbook on how to teach. It addresses the following questions:

    • is the nature of knowledge changing, and how do different views on the nature of knowledge result in different approaches to teaching?
    • what is the science and research that can best help me in my teaching?
    • how do I decide whether my courses should be face-to-face, blended or fully online?
    • what strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment?
    • what methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes?
    • how do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject?
    • how do I maintain high quality in my teaching in a rapidly changing learning environment while managing my workload?
    • what are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?

    In summary, the book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework and a set of guidelines are suggested for making decisions about your teaching, while understanding that every subject is different, and every teacher and instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.

    In the end, though, the book isn't really about teachers and instructors, although you are the target group. It's about you helping your students to develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much digital skills, but the thinking and knowledge that will bring them success. For that to happen, though, your students need you to be on top of your game. This book is your coach.

    About the Contributors


    A.W. (Tony) Bates graduated from the University of Sheffield, U.K, with a B.A. (Hons.) in psychology in 1962, obtained a post-graduate certificate in education from Goldsmiths College, the University of London, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the Institute of Education, the University of London.

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