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Preparing Materials for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning: An Action Guide for Teachers and Trainers (Open & Distance Learning) Paperback – 1 Nov 1993

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749411597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749411596
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Altogether excellent book: friendly, challenging and direct'. New Academic

'Practices par excellence what it teachs.' British Journal of Educational Technology

This is is another of the excellent series of books from the UK Open University on the mechanics of delivering higher education.While first published in the early 1990s, the techniques described are still applicable for today's Internet based education, as well as being of benefit for classroom teaching. Rowntree goes through the steps of planning, writing and rewriting materials for education, giving numerous examples. In the glamor of smart-phones, tablets and phablets, it is important to remember that education still relies on having good content, designed and delivered by people who know about teaching. Blog from "The Higher Education Whisperer" (Tom Worthington, Australian National University), September 6, 2013

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'This practical handbook guides teachers in open and distance learning through the key phases of planning and developing materials for coursework. Each phase involves a specific sequence of development tasks, supported by background information, examples and checklists that the author has refined in numerous workshops and consultancies. By the time you have worked through the book, you should have completed and piloted the first draft of your learning package.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE on 15 Oct 2008
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When I started to read the book I had two concerns. First it is a bit dated and so the internet is not discussed as a potential media. Second it is more practical and not based on pedagogic foundations so it might not have advice that can be generalised.

I was wrong to worry on both accounts as he presents a very pragmatic view. It is a very easy book to read and it gives you excellent tips for managing the development process. I have started using the check lists in my own development and I have encountered some of the problems he warns about. While it does not cover the internet it does not matter as he only briefly discusses the authoring stages of development.

For laying the ground-work for course development this is an essential guide.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excelente apoyo para el diseño de cursos 12 Aug 2000
By Laura Munguia Torres - Published on
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Aunque este libro esta enfocado hacia el diseño de materiales de educación a distancia, su lectura brinda consejos aplicables para el diseño de la capacitación en general, a traves de el encontrarás muchos tips y guias para considerar en la elaboracion de materiales e incluso para la implantacion de programas.
Es muy completo porque incluye todos los aspectos relevantes desde el planteamiento de objetivos, la eleccion de medios, su desarrollo y preparación hasta el proceso de evaluación del aprendizaje. Cubre: que es importante considerar hasta que evitar y como mejorarlo, proporciona ejemplos y buenas ideas para trabajar en el diseño. es tambien un material de consulta y trabajo interesante tanto para el principiante en el tema como para el avanzado
Su propia estructura es un buen ejemplo del diseño de materiales
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