How to Use Digital Learning with Confidence and Creativity

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How to Use Digital Learning with Confidence and Creativity

A Practical Introduction

9781035311286 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin, Head of the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, Donna Lanclos, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Technology Enhanced Learning and Tom Farrelly, SFHEA, Academic Developer and Senior Lecturer, N-TUTORR Project, Office of the Registrar, Munster Technological University, Ireland
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 128 6 Extent: c 304 pp
How to Use Digital Learning with Confidence and Creativity is an accessible guide to key topics in the complex field of digital learning. It offers advice and insights on a range of ethical, pedagogical, ideological, and strategic challenges arising at the intersection of digital technology and teaching practice.

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How to Use Digital Learning with Confidence and Creativity is an accessible and practical guide to key topics in the field of digital learning. It offers advice and insights not just about core digital learning platforms and tools but about a range of ethical, pedagogical, ideological, and strategic challenges arising at the intersection of digital technology and teaching practice.

This How to guide will help readers develop and deepen their understanding of how to support, research and engage with learning and learners in the digital age. Divided into three key sections, it offers valuable and practical guidance and perspectives about technical tools and systems, conceptual frameworks and theoretical structures and the integration of theory, technology and practice in real world teaching and learning contexts. The book brings together contributions from experienced instructional designers, learning technologists, teacher-scholars, and educational leaders, ensuring that while the content is accessible, it is also grounded in the real and dynamic world of contemporary digital learning.

This is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of digital learning, innovation and technology in education, educational psychology and pedagogy, as well as academics and education leaders working to develop approaches to and provide strategic leadership in this complex and constantly-evolving area.
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‘How to Use Digital Learning with Confidence and Creativity brings together a broad range of perspectives on a rapidly evolving field and mixes the theoretical with the technical in a practical and accessible format for anyone interested in how to best apply technology to education.’
– Tom O’Mara, Head of Digital Education, University College Cork, Ireland

‘This book brings together an impressive collection of the best thinkers in global educational technology to provide a timely and much-needed analysis. The book establishes a conversation between technology, theory and praxis, and thus avoids the more hyperbolic utopias or dystopias regarding technology, instead focusing on thoughtful and useful implementation and considerations. An invaluable contribution for anyone interested in the intersection of education and technology.’
– Martin Weller, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK

‘How to Use Digital Learning with Confidence and Creativity is a comprehensive, accessible and insightful guide for anyone interested in the current and future state of education. Edited by Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin, Donna Lanclos and Tom Farrelly this book brings together a diverse and experienced group of authors who share their perspectives on various aspects of digital learning, from pedagogy and design to activism and leadership. Whether you are a novice or an expert, a teacher or a learner, a researcher or a practitioner, you will find something valuable and relevant in this edition. You will learn how to use digital tools and platforms effectively, creatively, and ethically, as well as how to challenge and transform the existing structures and practices of education. This book is not only an accessible source of information designed to provide a broad overview of the key topics in contemporary digital learning, but also a source of inspiration and empowerment for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in the world of education.’
– Clint Lalonde, Director of Open Education, BCcampus, Canada

‘This is an authoritative, interesting, and practical book containing contributions from many leaders in the field of digital learning. Keeping abreast of the constantly evolving digital learning landscape is a permanent challenge for those involved in organising and delivering digital learning and this work delivers a broad and accessible introduction to the key topics. Organised into three main sections, the reader can dip into those chapters that are of immediate relevance to their practice and then browse broader areas of interest. The clear introduction at the start of each section gives a rapid navigation tool for the subsequent chapters. This book will become a valuable reference resource in the increasingly complicated and contentious world of digital learning as well as providing inspiration and advice for making practical changes for the benefit of learners.’
– Helen O’Sullivan, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Chester

‘Practically oriented and highly accessible, this is a rich and rewarding collection of writing unafraid to tangle with complexity and wicked problems. Whilst the book is segmented into technology, theory, and praxis, the editors are clear that digital learning is highly intersectional and readers will be rewarded by adopting this approach. Anyone working in digital learning today will find insight, guidance, inspiration, and most of all, community within this book.’
– Anne-Marie Scott, Board Chair of the Apereo Foundation
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