For those that attended Robin Mason's VC, she talked about her new book: The Connecticon:Learning for the Connected Generation
By Frank Rennie, Lews Castle College and Robin Mason, The Open University
I have just received advice from the publisher that is in now released and on special for US $26.95 (paperback edition) if purchased through the publisher!
Here is what the promo says about it:
This book makes the case that the changes brought about by the connectivity of the Internet have so transformed the nature of post secondary learning that we need to view it differently. Both the content and the processes of learning have been profoundly altered because of the accessibility of information and the multi-way interactivity provided by the Internet. We call this new phenomenon the Connecticon—which encompasses the new opportunities created by the infrastructure, the content, the multiple connection devices of the Web, as well as by the hyper-interactivity of the connected generation for whom attention is the new currency. It is the aim of this book to identify and document the Connecticon—its nature, its impact and its implications. We will do this in the broad domain of learning, though a similar study could be carried out in commercial, social or political fields.
Relearning to e-Learn: Strategies for Electronic Learning and Knowledge, by M.S. Bowles
published by Melbourne University Publishing, April 2004.
What the publisher says: "Relearning to E-Learn is for e-learning practitioners at all levels. It provides a credible, comprehensive look at both where elearning is today, at all the elements that affect it and the potential it holds for future learning."
Available as both a paperback (A$49.95) and an e-Book (A$39.95)! Also you can download a free sample chapter.
What the reviews say: 'What better topic than this to launch the publisher's innovative e-book list . . . The e-book is clearly the main product, enhanced by full colour, fully interactive material, rich in graphics, embedded links and extras such as glossary and acronyms lists, and easily updateable . . .This title will be of interest to educators across the subject spectrum as well as to corporates keen to facilitate cost-effective, value-adding staff training and development.' (Australian, 7/4/2004) http://www.mup.unimelb.edu.au/catalogue/0-522-85130-4.html
Theory and Practice of Online Learning, edited by Terry Anderson and Fathi Elloumi.
This is an open-source book which means you can download it for free or purchase a printed copy from the website!
"By assisting providers of online education with useful tools to carry out the teaching and learning transactions online. It presents, in an easily readable form, the theory, administration, tools, and methods of designing and delivering learning online...Education, more than any other human endeavor, should be a real and lasting beneficiary of the ICT revolution. However the potential of this revolution can only be realized if those engaged in delivering education are knowledgeable, skilled, and able to apply these technologies effectively and efficiently...This publication, with its clarity and detail, greatly enhances our knowledge of the issues and our skills in addressing them."
Raj Dhanarajan, President Commonwealth of Learning