Recommended Resources

shank-bookInteractive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching

The good news: there are thousands of interactive OERs available on the internet. The bad news: there are thousands of interactive OERs available on the internet.

Educators and instructional designers can quickly become so overwhelmed while searching for OERs that they just give up looking. John Shank (2014) has already done the homework for us and offers this easy-to-use guide for finding, choosing, and using what’s out there! Shank offers ratings of repositories, an overview of what they offer, and strategies for searching effectively. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to start the search for quality OERs.

millerDitch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom

So many educators are handcuffed by their textbook allowing it to dictate what and how they teach! Unfortunately, textbooks are one-dimensional and offer only one voice in the classroom. In this quick and entertaining read, Matt Miller (2015) offers us motivation to ditch that textbook and to instead adopt creative, personalized, and inspiring learning experiences for all learners. Miller stated in his book, “The truth is, teaching through lectures and textbook exercises bored me as much as it did [my students]. I hated the idea of being the guy whose goal was teaching from Page One to the end of the textbook every year. . . . I knew there had to be a better way to teach.”

onewordcoverOne Word That Will Change Your Life – Expanded Edition

John Gorden, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page wrote One Word That Will Change Your Life (2013) to inspire us to simplify and focus on just one word this year for clarity, power, passion, and life-change.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m all for simplifying things when I can. For more information, read my blog post My #OneWord2017: MODEL.


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