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  Engaging Ideas

Professor Bean provides the theory behind his recommendations but, as any teacher who has delved into this literature knows, theories about effective teaching aren't in themselves necessarily very helpful. What one needs is practical advice, and this book has it---lots of it. Bean identifies different writing activities for students; shows how to design tasks for active thinking and learning in the classroom; suggests effective ways to make use of small group discussion in the classroom; explains ways to increase active learning in a lecture course; discusses the mechanics of grading papers; and shows how to enhance learning in essay exams. Even for the experienced teacher, there's a good deal of worthwhile material here, and it's cogently presented. A highly recommended book for the professor who wants to increase active learning in the classroom and get more out of a lecture course

  Guide to e-Learning
As an international speaker and consultant to virtually every business sector over his more than thirty-five years of research and development in technology-based instruction, Michael Allen now speaks out about his frustrations with e-learning and brings fundamental issues to light. He shares specific, commonsense guidelines that reliably produce effective and practical learning solutions. From his pioneering work on learning management systems, to authoring systems, and now on instructional design, experts and buyers alike follow his leadership and respect his opinion:

"Every subject area has its bible. This is it for e-learning. This is the how-to book for both instructional designers and executives responsible for corporate e-learning programs. Especially well done and unique to this book are the chapters on learner motivation and how effective instructional interactivities are created. The bottom line, from our experience working with Michael Allen and his team, is the methods and principles defined in this book work–and work well."

"Michael Allen has done it all. He has designed and developed huge amounts of effective e-learning. He has built several very successful businesses providing programs to sophisticated clients. He has managed development. He personally led the creation of Authorware, the benchmark authoring system used throughout the world. He has lectured. He has written. He has taught. His opinions and perspective are sought by many. But mostly, he thinks. And the results of that thinking are to the benefit of us all. I am glad he wrote down what he thinks."

What smart students know

Like the other reviewers, I was and am super-impressed with the learning techniques Robinson advocates. A few of the reviewers, however, object that to use all of the techniques requires too much time or effort.

These reviewers miss Robinson's primary point: that traditional "learning" methods are boring, time-consuming, AND ineffective. Think of the methods as a football quarter-back's "playbook:" you don't have to run EVERY play in the book in EVERY game. Robinson himself says that the methods do not apply in every course, and that some methods apply more in some types of courses than others. Robinson does NOT tell students to employ ALL the methods ALL the time.

Another point I'd like to make is that any new set of learning techniques takes time. Heck, typing took me forever to master; but now that I've invested the time it saves me WAY more than the time I spent learning it.

Finally, Robinson's point is that HOWEVER MUCH time you have to devote to your studies, whether it's an hour a day per college course or an hour per week for a high school course -- whatever -- your time is best employed using these methods. If you're short of time, or the test isn't so important, Robinson says to cut back on the methods to fit your time budget and the importance of the test.

The more time you have, and the more important the test, the more you should use Robinson's methods. The less time you have, simply cut back. No biggie.

Either that, or go back to wasting all your time with the old "learning" methods of rereading your notes ad infinitum until test time.

  Teaching and Learning with Technology

This book offers a pragmatic, reader-friendly approach that helps teachers explore, evaluate, and effectively integrate the full range of instructional technologies they are likely to find in their classrooms. Founded in learning theory and instructional design, this book explores the current and emerging technologies available to teachers while consistently maintaining an instructional focus. Using practical applications and real-world examples, the book offers readers the opportunity to explore technologies as tools to enhance and support instruction. It culminates with an exploration of the teacher's role in technology planning and in ensuring its ethical implementation. The reader will find Web activities and a wide range of activities in each chapter including reviews, group, critical thinking and hands-on experiences

  This book offers knowledge and skills that build self-management, a positive work ethic, and leadership qualities:
  • Identifying and using your preferred learning styles
  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Flexibility in the face of change
  • Ways to reduce stress
  • Strategic thinking

You will develop skills that help you fulfill your goals in school and, ultimately, in your career:

  • Reading speed and comprehension
  • Internet research skills
  • Vocabulary skills
  • Writing skills
  • Math, science, and technology skills

Unique features that underscore relevancy:

  • Vocabulary exercises featuring words from current media excerpts
  • Chapter summaries in a map format to stimulate visual learning
  • A text-wide focus on how your study skills will help you on the job

Keys to College Studying has its own companion website designed to help students review the text material and hone their computer skills. This site (accessed through resides within the Prentice Hall supersite ( for student success and career development. The supersite houses a wide array of resources for students seeking academic and career success

  Writers Inc.

It's meant for high scholars, but adults who haven't inhaled chalk dust for years might appreciate it even more. The process of organizing, researching and writing a paper is laid is out in easy-to-understand normal-speak. The chapters on grammar and usage are very user-friendly, and lots of extras (suffixes, parliamentary procedure, periodic table, metric system, the U.S. Constitution, world maps, etc.) make this an extraordinarily popular and useful household item. If you're feeling generous, you might even let the kid take it to school on occasion

  Study Power

For students to succeed, intelligence and motivation are not enough; students also need to understand and become aware of what they do while studying and how they can improve their study skills. This manual helps them understand the elements of study skills, presented under three task groupings: input (learning what to do to learn materials more effectively); processing their learning so it becomes part of his understanding; and output tasks so they can produce evidence of their knowledge and understanding on tests, and in papers and oral presentations. Key skills covered include: listening • note taking • concentration • summarizing • reading comprehension • memorization • test taking • preparing papers and reports • time management • and more! These abilities are vital to success throughout every stage of learning; the benefits will last a lifetime. These skills have been taught successfully to students from fifth grade through medical school

  Kolb's "Experiential Learning" is a masterpiece. In it, he deftly synthesizes the strands of learning theory and psychological research that inform his 4 stage learning cycle. All committed "experiential educators" should consult this book in order more deeply to understand the deep and rich conceptual foundation(s) of our potent pedagogical practice. In his "Foreword" to the volume, Leadership guru Warren Bennis positively hyperventilates in applauding Kolb's achievement in this work. And for good reason! From thence comes Kolb's elegant & powerful "Learning Styles Inventory" (or LSI), among other things. Even if you're a cynic or skeptic re: the merit of experiential education, you would do well to peruse this tour-de-force in order better to appreciate what you may be missing
The Ph.D. Process offers the essential guidance that students in the biological and physical sciences need to get the most out of their years in graduate school. Drawing upon the insights of numerous current and former graduate students, this book presents a rich portrayal of the intellectual and emotional challenges inherent in becoming a scientist, and offers the informed, practical advice a "best friend" would give about each stage of the graduate school experience. What are the best strategies for applying to a graduate program? How are classes conducted? How should I choose an advisor and a research project? What steps can I take now to make myself more "employable" when I get my degree? What goes on at the oral defense? Through a balanced, thorough examination of issues ranging from lab etiquette to stress management, the authors--each a Ph.D. in the sciences--provide the vital information that will allow students to make informed decisions all along the way to the degree. Headlined sections within each chapter make it fast and easy to look up any subject, while dozens of quotes describing personal experiences in graduate programs from people in diverse scientific fields contribute invaluable real-life expertise. Special attention is also given to the needs of international students.

Read in advance, this book prepares students for each step of the graduate school experience that awaits them. Read during the course of a graduate education, it serves as a handy reference covering virtually all major issues and decisions a doctoral candidate is likely to face. The Ph.D. Process is the one book every graduate student in the biological and physical sciences can use to stay a step ahead, from application all the way through graduation


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