Learning in the Digital Age
Tutaleni Asino, Oklahoma State University
Raymond W. Francis
Cathy L. Green
Sarah L. Lewis
Copyright Year: 2020
Publisher: Oklahoma State University
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It covers a variety of topics but did not include a index or glossary. read more
It covers a variety of topics but did not include a index or glossary.
THe content is accurate.
It is up to date and should be easy to update again if needed
The abstracts are helpful at the beginning of each chapter
The layout and the header styles are consistent.
Some of the chapters are much longer than others but there is consistent use of headers. There wasn't much use of pictures or graphs.
The book could do a better job of grouping chapters together.
There weren't any major issues. I did notice the navigation was only at the top so I always had to scroll back to the top.
I didn't see any insensitivities.
There are a variety of topics to consider regarding learning within a digital age and this textbook does a thorough job elevating topics. The lack of comprehensiveness for this textbook happens because you will find that the author of an included... read more
There are a variety of topics to consider regarding learning within a digital age and this textbook does a thorough job elevating topics. The lack of comprehensiveness for this textbook happens because you will find that the author of an included essay will either stay at a surface level explanation or will move through theory, definition, and application within the essay.
Due to the variety of topics that emerge as educators navigate learning within a digital age, the reader has a first-hand glimpse of what to expect and possible next steps. From elevating play, to financial literacy development, to digital literacy, the authors share both research and anecdotes for consideration when facilitating learning in a digital age.
The impact of a digital world is ever-present within today's classrooms. As the author states, we are presented with an opportunity to refine and elevate how we are impacted by the digital age as well as how we navigate it systematically to deepen learning.
There is a good balance between theoretical and practical language for both content and application strategies.
Some essays dive deeper into theory and application than others. Depending on the subject that the reader may feel most drawn to, they may not have a full learning experience themselves if they got a surface level essay in one area versus another.
Easy to read, content is accessible, essays can function as supplements to larger bodies of work around the essay topic.
The essays elevated within the text are varied and the feel is that you are jumping from topic to topic with a lack of connection between topics.
text is clear, easy to read, graphics are supportive and easy to understand
No grammatical errors found
Texts reads as "race-neutral," with lack of acknowledgment of the impact of navigating digital literacies across race and culture. The board game chapter speaks of "Africa" as if it's just one country, not an entire continent made up of multiple and nuanced societies. The podcasting chapter references Maslow, who stole his framework from the Blackfoot Nation. Navigating the digital age could be an equalizer within culturally responsive classrooms but this text lacks what is needed to support educators to do so.
It might be helpful to include one chapter focusing on learning theories (e.g., Cognitive Development, Behaviorism, Constructivism) and another one on learner styles/preferences/characteristics if the vision of this textbook is to understand... read more
It might be helpful to include one chapter focusing on learning theories (e.g., Cognitive Development, Behaviorism, Constructivism) and another one on learner styles/preferences/characteristics if the vision of this textbook is to understand learning and help learners/stakeholders learn how to learn in the digital age. What is covered in the textbook now seems too broad to be used as an intact piece for an instructional purpose. No index/glossary was provided. It might be helpful to add one.
Most of the content is accurate.
Content is recent. With the current setup, it should work well for the author to update the content when needed.
The abstract of each chapter is helpful to get a snap judgment of what the author attempted to deliver. But not every chapter has it following a consistent format within the same textbook. The text is easy to understand and follow. As a whole, the target audience is not clearly stated since it’s a textbook for people to use in the class.
The internal consistency within each chapter looks good. But the improvements could be made on the internal consistency between chapters. Learning in the digital age is a broad subject. Now, the textbook seems like a potluck containing different contributing pieces. The correlation between chapters is not explicit to tell. As a reader, I have to go to each chapter and read the abstract to do jigsaw puzzles on my own rather than reviewing the chapter names at a glance from the table of contents to draw a quick picture as a whole.
Some chapters have a fairly long length (e.g., 25 pages, single-space), the others do not. It might be helpful to reach a balance between chapters by informing the chapter authors about the word limit when calling out for book chapter proposals. The headings used in each chapter are helpful for navigation.
Definitely, some work can be done to improve the organization of this textbook. Since this textbook is a work-in-progress product, the organization of all chapters can be reconsidered when more chapters are coming in. For example, some chapters (e.g., Chapter 2) focused on K-12 settings, others related to higher education. It might be helpful to regroup these chapters based on some parameters (e.g., institution type).
Navigation is good within this textbook. Just want to point out that some chapters contained content that is not ADA compliant. For example, a URL link is NOT descriptive and is used as hyperlinked text directly. Additionally, the images used in the chapters are not attributed to the original author in a proper manner and follow the same format.
The grammar looks good.
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About the Book
This book is designed to serve as a textbook for classes exploring the nature of learning in the digital age. The genesis of this book is a desire to use OERs in all my teachings, coupled with the realization that the resources that I was looking for were not available and as such I needed to contribute in creating them. It is thus a small attempt to contribute to the vast repository of Open Educational Resources. When discussing learning in the digital age, most focus on the technology first. However, the emphasis made in this book is that it’s about the learner not just the technology. One of the things that is easy to lose track of when talking about learning in the digital age is the learner. Technology is important and it has significant impact but it is still about the person who is using the technology. Many people conflate learning in the digital age with technology in today’s age. This important misconception is common and results from our failure to examine our understanding of what “learning” really is. Of course, Most of this depends on a person’s epistemology. There are numerous definitions of what learning is and often they come to how a person sees the world. Some argue that learning is about a change in behavior due to experiences, others state simply that learning is being able to do something new that you were not able to do before. Regardless of what side you choose, to understand what learning in the digital age is, one has to understand what learning itself is. I am immensely thankful to the authors for sharing their ideas freely and for the reviewers who volunteered their time to give feedback.
About the Contributors
Raymond W. Francis
Cathy L. Green
Sarah L. Lewis
Dr. Tutaleni Asino is an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University. His areas of research revolve around diffusion of innovations in teaching and learning, mobile learning, design for mobile devices, indigenous knowledge, comparative international education, and the role of culture in the development and evaluation of learning technologies.