Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning for a digital age

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A.W. (Tony) Bates, University of British Columbia

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978099526921

Publisher: BCcampus

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Reviewed by Margie Massey, Associate Professor, Colorado State University-Pueblo, on 6/20/2018.

The book has a very inclusive list of topics that support Teaching in a Digital Age well. The table of contents is clear and allows the reader to … read more



Reviewed by Mary Bishop, Dr, Dean of Students, Staffordshire Univeristy, on 2/2/2018.

This book covers a broad, complex area. It does so in a really accessible way, with a clear introduction and chapter splits. Easy to read all the … read more



Reviewed by Kimberly Rogers, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

The book has 12 Chapters, which are effectively separated into clear topics related to perspectives on teaching, methods for teaching in this … read more



Reviewed by Antonio Causarano, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Mary Washington, on 4/12/2017.

The textbook is a systematic introduction to what it means to teach in a digital age. It takes into account the changing nature of the students in … read more



Reviewed by Oksana Zavalina, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, on 4/12/2017.

This book covers in its 12 chapters and on over 500 pages all important aspects of teaching in the digital age and knowledge-based economy. This … read more



Reviewed by Elizabeth Blankenship, Coordinator, Center for Teaching Innovation, University of New Orleans, on 2/9/2017.

This text addresses not only the practical area of tools and skills employed in digital teaching and learning but raises discussion around current … read more



Reviewed by Sara Dempster, Instructor, Nicholls State University, on 2/9/2017.

The text covers a comprehensive list of topics related to Teaching in a Digital Age. Each topic is clearly labeled in the Index. The author provides … read more



Reviewed by Tian Luo, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University , on 12/6/2016.

I think the text covers a wide range of topics regarding the topic, teaching in a digital age. I believe the content is comprehensive, current, and appropriate.… read more



Reviewed by Norb Thomes, Learning Systems and Services Coordinator, Winona State University , on 12/6/2016.

The text covered the subject very well. I feared the text would be yet another "10 Best iPad Apps" rehash, but that was not the case at all. The … read more



Reviewed by Liz Hardy, Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The content of this book is very comprehensive. The author provides very useful information to consider about the teaching in a digital age. It … read more



Reviewed by Carrie Miller, Instructional Designer, Minnesota State University, on 8/22/2016.

Teaching in a Digital Age is a a comprehensive text for anyone thinking about moving forward with adopting technology into the classroom or with … read more



Reviewed by Kathi Berens, Assistant Professor, Portland State University, on 8/22/2016.

As a longtime consultant to distance learning programs around the world, author Tony Bates is an innovator at the level of system implementation. He … read more



Reviewed by Kathi Inman Berens, Assistant Professor, Portland State University , on 1/8/2016.

While the scope of _Teaching in a Digital Age _ is comprehensive, its failure to cite, link to or engage most scholarship of digital pedagogy … read more



Reviewed by Rick Harper, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, on 1/8/2016.

Teaching is a huge topic, but the text does a thorough job covering subject areas; extensive appendices that include teaching scenarios, definitions … read more



Reviewed by Lana Fornes, Instructor, Valley City State University, on 1/8/2016.

This book would provide useful information and support for college and university faculty, as well as for some K-12 teachers; as they consider how … read more



Reviewed by Eric Milholland, Instructor, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

This text is quite comprehensive. Not only does it cover the current topics in Educational Technology, it does a fantastic job of reviewing exactly … read more



Reviewed by Franziska Wilcox, Senior Instructor, Colorado State University , on 1/8/2016.

The book is very comprehensive, and includes an effective index and glossary. One can navigate with ease through each one of the twelve chapters, … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Fundamental Change in Education
  • Chapter 2: The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching
  • Chapter 3: Methods of teaching: campus-focused
  • Chapter 4: Methods of teaching with an online focus
  • Chapter 5: MOOCs
  • Chapter 6: Understanding technology in education
  • Chapter 7: Pedagogical differences between media
  • Chapter 8: Choosing and using media in education: the SECTIONS model
  • Chapter 9: Modes of delivery
  • Chapter 10: Trends in open education
  • Chapter 11: Ensuring quality teaching in a digital age
  • Chapter 12: Supporting teachers and instructors in a digital age 

About the Book

Teachers, instructors and faculty are facing unprecedented change, with often larger classes, more diverse students, demands from government and employers who want more accountability and the development of graduates who are workforce ready, and above all, we are all having to cope with ever changing technology. To handle change of this nature, teachers and instructors need a base of theory and knowledge that will provide a solid foundation for their teaching, no matter what changes or pressures they face.

Although the book contains many practical examples, it is more than a cookbook on how to teach. It addresses the following questions:

  • is the nature of knowledge changing, and how do different views on the nature of knowledge result in different approaches to teaching?
  • what is the science and research that can best help me in my teaching?
  • how do I decide whether my courses should be face-to-face, blended or fully online? 
  • what strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment?
  • what methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes?
  • how do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject?
  • how do I maintain high quality in my teaching in a rapidly changing learning environment while managing my workload?
  • what are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?

In summary, the book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework and a set of guidelines are suggested for making decisions about your teaching, while understanding that every subject is different, and every teacher and instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.

In the end, though, the book isn’t really about teachers and instructors, although you are the target group. It’s about you helping your students to develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much digital skills, but the thinking and knowledge that will bring them success. For that to happen, though, your students need you to be on top of your game. This book is your coach.

About the Contributors


A.W. (Tony) Bates graduated from the University of Sheffield, U.K, with a B.A. (Hons.) in psychology in 1962, obtained a post-graduate certificate in education from Goldsmiths College, the University of London, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the Institute of Education, the University of London.