Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations

Design Alchemy

Transforming the way we think about learning and teaching

Authors: Sims, Roderick

  • Uses colloquial language to explain instructional design
  • Documents state of the art strategies for online learning environments
  • Presents educational design theory and provides practice strategies for researchers and practitioners alike
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About this book

The promise of online learning--flexible, learner-centered, responsive--was forward-looking and poised to revolutionize education. But too often online learning courses have little room for student engagement and their design does not reflect the potential for interactive and collaborative learning.

Design Alchemy counters this trend by synthesizing the art and science of educational design to model a whole that transcends the sum of its parts. Challenging yet accessible,

it clearly sets out steps for harnessing innovative strategies and designer creativity to provide educational platforms that reduce learner boredom and instructor burnout, and encourage deeper interaction with subject matter. Activities, assessment methods, and sample course materials are designed toward improving quality, embracing diversity, and adapting positively to change. And the book's palette of resources enables readers to effectively apply the principles in their own practice:

  • The evolution of Design Alchemy in the context of online learning.
  • Alignment with core theories and practice models.
  • The framework: elements of pedagogy and components of practice.
  • Case studies showing Design Alchemy in real-world learning.
  • Tools, templates, and a sample syllabus.
  • The Design Alchemy Manifesto, summarizing key ideas.

Researchers and practitioners in technology and education will look to Design Alchemy as a transformative work to help make the most of student potential, learning opportunities, and their own professional growth.

About the authors

Dr. Roderick Sims began working with the PLATO computer-based learning system in 1979 and subsequently has held senior academic posts in Australia universities before commencing consultancy services to higher education, specializing in design strategies for online learning. His current clients include public and private educational providers in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-02423-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02422-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34468-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Design Alchemy
Book Subtitle
Transforming the way we think about learning and teaching
Authors
Series Title
Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02423-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02423-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02422-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34468-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 251
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 48 illustrations in colour
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