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For spring, 1998, we recommend three titles for both educators and corporate trainers facing the expectations of students in the information age and who want to take advantage of the potentials offered by the electronic classroom.

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Web-Based Training Cookbook by Brandon Hall       This book shows corporate trainers and business managers how to use the Web to train employees and improve their performance. It shows how the Web can supplement or replace traditional training methods for employees and customers, focusing on the best methods for designing and creating Web training content. CD-ROM includes full code for the best examples of each type of training Web pages shown in the book. The author will also maintain a Web Site providing up-to-date information on Web-based training and development topics.

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Web-Teaching: A Guide to Designing Interactive Teaching for the World Wide Web by David W. Brooks       Can there be any doubt that the future of education is linked to the World Wide Web? "Web Teaching" walks educators and trainers through the process of creating customized Web-based teaching aids, as well as the nuts and bolts of multimedia. Illustrations and appendices help jump-start access to the Web's many resources Pub: 4/97.

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Creating the Virtual Classroom: Distance Learning With the Internet by Lynnette Porter       This book introduces the concept of distance learning and the current uses of it by educational practitioners. The author discusses how to propose, plan and budget for a distance learning program for any level from kindergarten through college. The book also covers different types of distance learning, from email, to Web sites, to online conferencing. Checklists are provided throughout the book for planning.

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Peterson's Distance Learning 1997 (2nd Ed)       Distance learning--gaining academic credit through computer, television, or other telecommunications media--is one of today's fastest-growing education alternatives. Peterson's Guide to Distance Learning helps readers discover an amazing range of options for undergraduate--and even graduate--level course work available through this exciting new venue.

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Virtual College : A Quick Guide to How You Can Get the Degree You Want With Computer, TV, Video, Audio, and Other Distance-Learning Tools (1996) by Pam Dixon (Editor).       You may have heard that it's possible to take undergraduate or even graduate level courses online and earn a degree, but it sounds a little fishy, not quite right for you, or possibly out of your means. Virtual College is a short introductory guide to the wealth of resources available through distance learning. You'll find out what you need to take advantage of available programs, where to go to find more information, and what to expect from the virtual classroom when you arrive. There's also an excellent section devoted to determining if an online class or program is legitimate or right for your needs. This is not a reference guide, so if you are already committed to enrolling in an online course or program, you'll want to grab something more comprehensive. However, Virtual College is still worth having nearby when it comes time to pick your first classes.

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College Online : How to Take College Courses Without Leaving Home by James P. Duffy.       If you're interested in earning a degree or taking a course online, you'll need a copy of College Online, a directory of available programs organized by topic. Each entry contains price information and a course description to help you find the class you're looking for. A separate section in the back is devoted to full degree programs--both undergraduate and graduate level--that are available.

This comprehensive resource details more than 400 undergraduate and graduate courses available online from accredited institutions. Each entry includes a course description, enrollment prerequisites, credit potential, approximate tuition and more. There is also in-depth information on degrees that can be earned in a whole or in part via the computer.

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Brave New Schools: Challenging Cultural Illiteracy Through Global Learning Networks by Jim Cummins, Dennis Sayers.       The first book in the cultural literacy debate that considers the impact of the information superhighway and its presence in the classroom. Stunning in its implications for the future of learning guided by technology, the book offers hopeful solutions to the problems of cultural differences and the future of our children.

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Redesigning School : Lessons for the 21st Century by Joseph P. McDonald.       School reform requires redesign in three critical areas. The first is a shift in the ordinary and often tacit beliefs of the people who work in schools, the communities that support them, and even the children who attend them. The second area, which McDonald dubs the "wiring arena," involves internal communication and power arrangements. The third area, called "tuning," involves connecting the school to the needs, interests, and values of the communities it serves. By describing the efforts of real schools in real places and by recognizing that no two schools occupy the same position on the educational landscape, McDonald has assembled an invaluable guide for tackling the challenge of improving schools.

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Changing American Education: Recapturing the Past or Inventing the Future? by Kathryn M. Borman, Nancy P. Greenman (Editor).       This book examines social changes affecting education; amplifies case studies of school change; and analyzes the gap between the rhetoric and reality of educational reform. Changing American Education examines the nature of comprehensive, large-scale historical and social changes that contextualize educational reform and amplifies the meaning of lessons learned by those who have assisted in change efforts.

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Computer Networking and Scholarly Communication in Twenty-First Century University by Teresa M. Harrison, Timothy D. Stephen (Editors).       This collection of essays offers a broad array of insights from both technical and academic points of view. Issues covered include on-line costs, administration, research issues, classroom networking, electronic library resources, and a brief introduction to the internet.

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The Abandoned Generation : Rethinking Higher Education by William H. Willimon, Thomas H. Naylor.       "Too many teachers teach too little, and students take too few courses. The prevailing values on college campuses are individualism, hedonism, and anti-intellectualism." Universities that are too large, too impersonal, and overly focused on research have undone the bond of friendship between teacher and student, say Willimon and Naylor. Professors have lost sight of their true mission, which is to instill in undergraduate students a sense of moral orientation in the world.

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Computers in the Classroom : How Teachers and Students Are Using Technology to Transform Learning by Andrea R. Gooden, Fred Silverman (Editor), Julie Chase (Photographer).       Tells the stories of six schools that are using computers to revitalize teaching and learning in the classroom. Written in an informative and entertaining manner, these remarkable stories reveal how the introduction of computer technology has transformed the educational experience of the students, the teachers, and their communities. Each portrait shows how computers created opportunities for students that would only have been possible using this technology.

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