Each year, Contact North | Contact Nord keeps track of books related to online, distance and flexible learning. We read, review and share. 2023 has been especially good for this field of study, with books about artificial intelligence taking centre stage.
Our focus is on books that speak to teaching, learning and assessment, and how colleges, polytechnics, universities and Indigenous institutes leverage flexible learning to improve learning outcomes.
We keep in mind the work of instructors, instructional designers, educational technology specialists, and administrators, seeking books that are relevant and helpful to their work. We also occasionally explore books that speak to policy in higher education, although given that our primary target audience is in North America, we try to ensure these books are not too context-specific.
During 2023, the top five most viewed book reviews are:
Modular Online Learning Design: A Flexible Approach for Diverse Learning Needs
By: Amanda Nichols Hess (2020)
How Education Works: Teaching, Technology, and Technique
By: Jon Dron (2023)
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Promises and Implications for Teaching and Learning
By: Maya Bialik, Charles Fadel, & Wayne Holmes (2019)
Teaching Walkthrus: Five-step guides for instructional Coaching
Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd edition
By: Elizabeth F. Barkley & Claire Howell Major