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The War on Learning An examination of technology based education initiatives from MOOCs to virtual worlds that argues against treating education as a product rather than a processBehind the lectern stands the professor deploying course management systems online uizzes wireless clickers PowerPoint slides podcasts and plagiarism detection software In the seats are the students armed with smartphones laptops tablets music players and social networking Although these two forces seem poised to do battle with each other they are really both taking part in a war on learning itself In this book Elizabeth Losh examines current efforts to reform higher education by applying technological solutions to problems in teaching and learning She finds that many of these initiatives fail because they treat education as a product rather than a process Highly touted schemes video games for the classroom for example or the distribution of iPads let students down because they promote consumption rather than intellectual developmentLosh analyzes recent trends in postsecondary education and the rhetoric around them often drawing on first person accounts In an effort to identify educational technologies that might actually work she looks at strategies including MOOCs massive open online courses the gamification of subject matter remix pedagogy video lectures from Randy Pausch to the Baked Professor and educational virtual worlds Finally Losh outlines six basic principles of digital learning and describes several successful university based initiatives Her book will be essential reading for campus decision makers and for anyone who cares about education and technology In some ways the title is a little misplaced This book is about how instructors should learn from the media tools that students use and integrate them into coursework rather than reject them as undermining educational practice and pedagogy I think some of this text is a little meandering and not uite as focused as I had hoped It ranges from story telling to specific limitations of various technologies However it was particularly useful for giving a open minded perspective on how education can be done with students' abilities and limitations in mind It is a nice overview of various sources that might prove useful for various ways of thinking about the technologically integrated learning environment in and outside the traditional classroom Some interesting insights into the world of Higher Education and e learning A bizarrely alarmist title for a book that is uite even handed bordering on formulaic If you're in the industry it will confirm a lot of what you already know if you're not this is a decent introduction to the digital transformation of learning Very worthwhile read especially if you're in the field The title is strangely hyperbolic

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