Ok – full disclosure. I’m a big fan of Dr. Tony Bates. I won’t go into the details why except to say, you’ll be a fan of his soon. (Check out his bio if you want to know more).
The reason you will be a fan of his is because you are going to read his book Teaching in a Digital Age. WAIT! Don’t go to Amazon, Chapters, Barns & Noble, or Walmart to find the book. The book is free. He’s giving it to you for free. (See why I am a fan of his?) Just swing over to this website and grab it. It’s available in a bunch of formats like ePub, PDF, MOBI, XHTML, WXR, etc. So pick the one that works best on your device. Then read it.
It’s chock full of great stuff from the new skills needed in a digital age, to an updated primer on learning theories, to demystifying technology types in education, to underlying effective practices around multimedia, to emerging trends in open education, to ensuring quality in technology-media teaching, to supporting teachers, instructors and institutions in evolving to meet the needs of the diverse set of students present at most institutions of higher learning. The book is almost a one-stop-shop for a 360o perspective about blended and online teaching. Put this high on your to-do list. Check it out. It’ll make you a BIG fan on Tony Bates… for the right reasons.