Technology and paradigms in the online education industry move fast, but great books are always written along the way to grasp and teach the most important concepts. This is a recommended collection of some good books on the topic.
Use this page to go deep on specific areas of knowledge. For a quick reference timeline on online education’s key factors, I recommend these documents.
THE END OF COLLEGE: CREATING THE FUTURE OF LEARNING AND THE UNIVERSITY OF EVERYWHERE
(2015), Kevin Carey
Here is a forecast present in many books: college as we know it is coming to an end. Traditional education is being changed by alternatives that allow students to receive an education from diverse sources. Carey visualizes a future where “the idea of ‘admission’ to college will become an anachronism, because the University of Everywhere will be open to everyone”.
ASSURING QUALITY IN ONLINE EDUCATION: PRACTICES AND PROCESSES AT THE TEACHING, RESOURCE, AND PROGRAM LEVELS
Online learning keeps advancing very fast, surpassing the growth of higher education in the U.S.. All stakeholders in the industry are increasingly demanding high quality standards. This updated edition, with contributions of top experts in the industry, provides a thorough review of quality assurance, a summary of modern techniques and guidelines for improving the notions of quality in online distance education.
This book plainly addresses the need for quality from a wide, profound and combined comprehension. It uses the nuances of quality assurance in traditional education for extrapolation to online education, and provides professionals excellent counseling and directions.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT MODELING: REDEFINING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT DESIGN
University of Central Oklahoma
This text profiles a signature method for developing learning environments. The procedure is described as “a visual and collaborative process for designing the spaces and places where people learn”. The notion of LEM is established by a team of professors at University of Central Oklahoma who founded the non-profit Institute for Learning Environment Design. The book is deep and entertaining. It features diverse graphics demonstrating important notions.
ESSENTIALS OF ONLINE COURSE DESIGN: A STANDARDS-BASED GUIDE (ESSENTIALS OF ONLINE LEARNING) 2ND EDITION
Marjorie Vai, Kristen Sosulski
Despite the development of online education, designing online courses is still a relatively new, hard task that can lead to disappointment, skepticism, and caution in those immersed in producing them. This volume of Essentials of Online Course Design provides a modern, well researched, easy-to-follow perspective on the topic of online course creation. The main takeaway is a group of standards that are inspired on top methodologies in the area of online learning and teaching. Methodological, structural, and graphic design guidelines are provided across the book, and readers will rapidly learn from proven notions presented in this manual. The online course creation process starts with the components of a traditional classroom curriculum which, after following a structured guide, easily transform into an online course blueprint.
BEST PRACTICES FOR TEACHING WITH EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, 2ND EDITION
Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock
As the Internet and digital technologies keep changing the learning landscape and students’ experience and expectations, online course providers have to grasp the relevancy of these modern tools in all sorts of education setting. This edition of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, gives beginner and seasoned teachers some practical instances of how cheap and free technologies can be utilized to backup student learning along with top guidelines for including web-based platforms into an online course administration system and handling student privacy in a web environment. “Showcase” sections in the book illustrate the way these tools are already being integrated effectively in diverse educational environments.