Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review: John Shank's Interactive Open Educational Resources

Shank, John.  2014.  Interactive Open Educational Resources:  A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.  176 pages.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are an important instructional tool that are growing in importance and sophistication.  This book provides a very elementary look at some of the most important OERs, focusing on interactive learning materials (ILMs).  Different repositories (such as MERLOT or PBS Teaching) are evaluated for the collection quality and quantity, the ease of searchability, and tips are provided for both basic and advanced searches.  

I found this to be an incredibly basic book that focuses too heavily on site-specific search strategies, rather than how ILMs can transform teaching.  The list of potential locations/repositories for ILMs was nice, but as with all books that focus on web-based resources, I worry that some of this information is already out of date or inactive.

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