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"Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace."

Universal Declaration of Human Rights , Art. 26, Sec. 2

 

 

 

Textbook: "Common Wisdom: Peer Production of Educational Materials" (2005)

Author: Yochai Benkler   
Textbook URL: http://www.lulu.com/content/162436
Reviewer: Barbara Mauter - Adjunct Instructor , University College / University of Toledo

*Average of all chapters.  Maximum rating is 5.0
Reviewer's Comments
I recommend this book for all community college levels.  It can be adapted for any major as a supplementary text or a reference book.  The reading level is appropriate for college level students.  I found this textbook to be interesting and informative. An updated section on newer web information could be included since information on the WWW has increased since this text was published.

 

Textbook: "Education Psychology" (2009)

Author(s):  Kelvin Seifert and Rosemary Sutton
Textbook URL: http://globaltext.terry.uga.edu/booklist?cat=Education
Reviewer: Pelusa Orellana, PhD., Dean of the School of Education, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile

*Average of all chapters.  Maximum rating is 5.0.
Reviewer's Comments
Educational Psychology is a very practical, down-to-earth textbook and I highly recommend it for courses for first year community college students, and elementary and high school teachers. The book is has down-to-earth explanations and examples from everyday situations that a teacher is likely to face. It reads very easily, and is well paced. At the same time, the authors use updated references and sources, and their examples resonate with current issues in US education. The language is clear and friendly, and the authors have included examples that expand one’s understanding of key concepts in each chapter.

 

Textbook:  "The Theory and Practice of Online Learning" (2nd ed.)

Author:  Terry Anderson
Textbook URL:  http://cde.athabascau.ca/online_book/second_edition.html
Reviewer:  Pheo Martin PhD, Instructor, Everett Community College

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Reviewer's Comments
I highly recommend this textbook for graduate and doctoral level courses. This reading might be a challenge for an undergraduate class. This book is truly an educator’s textbook, carefully crafted to include all the major educational theory, methodology, delivery, and assessment considerations for online learning. The greatness of this book is placing online learning firmly into the field of education. This begins with the very thorough review of educational theory. This book is not “light” reading, but an absorbing textbook giving online learning its place in the entire field of education.

 

Textbook:  "The Theory and Practice of Online Learning" (2nd ed.)

Author:  Terry Anderson
Textbook URL:  http://cde.athabascau.ca/online_book/second_edition.html
Reviewer:  Valerie Taylor, Instructor, DeAnza College

*Average of all chapters.  Maximum rating is 5.0.
Reviewer's Comments
I highly recommend this textbook to anyone interested in education in general and distance learning in particular.  This is a great addition to the body of knowledge on the theory and practice of online learning.  Terry Anderson and his contributors are to be commended for their continuing effort to make online learning better and to allow the rest of us to benefit from their work.  In addition to the practices of teaching and learning, there are chapters that address administration and student support services - areas that are critical to student success that are beyond the authority of the instructional staff.  It would also be a good text for a graduate course in Online Education.