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For your enjoyment, below is a comic by Jeffrey Koterba, which can be found on and is used with permission.

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ProQuest Maintenance: 8/20-8/21

The ProQuest platform and databases will undergo maintenance beginning on Saturday, August 20th at 10 p.m. EDT through Sunday, August 21st at 6 a.m. EDT.  During this time, you will be unable to use the ProQuest Databases or access full text articles on the ProQuest platform.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please Contact the Library.

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Pictures for Presentations & Courses

Pictures can make a presentation or course can alive.

So how can you find pictures that are copyright-safe and freely available?  One of the best strategies is to use pictures that are in the public domain or creative commons.  Public domain images are out of copyright and have no restrictions about how they can be used (although attribution, or crediting the author, is a good practice).  Images with creative commons licenses can be used also long as the license is followed.   Each creative commons image will have a license that clearly indicates any restrictions (such as nonprofit use or attribution).

Popular websites for public domain images include the PublicDomainArchive and pixabay.

The Creative Commons Search is your portal to creative commons licensed images on popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Images, Europeana, and Jamendo.   Learn more about Creative Commons.

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Create Outstanding Online Courses

Engaging online students can be challenging.  But these challenges also create opportunities to teach with new approaches.   The UI&U librarians have been busy compiling and purchasing some of our favorite books about online teaching.  Here are some ebooks that the UI&U Library has purchased to help instructors create outstanding online courses.  If you have a favorite title you would like to see added to this list, please let us know.

Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. M. (2010). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. New York, NY: Wiley.

The Online Teaching Survival Guide provides an overview of theory-based techniques for online teaching or for a technology-enhanced course, including course management, social presence, community building, and debriefing. Based on traditional pedagogical theory, this resource integrates the latest research in cognitive processing and learning outcomes. From a practical approach, this guidebook presents instructional strategies in a four-phase timeline, suitable for any online or blended course. Faculty with little knowledge of educational theory and those well-versed in pedagogy will find this book a key to developing their practical online teaching skills. –Publisher Description

Conrad, R. M., & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction (Vol. 38). New York, NY: Wiley.

This is a revision of the first title in Jossey-Bass’ Online Teaching & Learning series. This series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on particular areas or issues they might confront in this new learning environment.  This revision includes updated activities and resources for instructors teaching online. Based on changes in technology and best practices learned from the field the revision provides new information for even seasoned online instructors. –Publisher’s Description

Lehman, R. M., & Conceição, S. C. (2010). Creating a sense of presence in online teaching: How to” be there” for distance learners (Vol. 18). New York, NY: Wiley.

How can faculty create a strong e presence for their online classes? This volume highlights the need for creating a presence in the online environment. The authors explore the emotional, psychological, and social aspects from both the instructor and student perspective. It provides an instructional design framework and shows how a strong presence contributes to effective teaching and learning. Filled with illustrative examples and based on research and experience, the book contains methods, case scenarios, and activities for creating, maintaining, and evaluating presence throughout the cycle of an online course. –Publisher Description

Pacansky-Brock, M. (2012). Best practices for teaching with emerging technologies. New York, NY: Routledge.

As social media and Web 2.0 technologies continue to transform the learning trends and preferences of students, educators need to understand the applicability of these new tools in all types of learning environments…This practical, easy-to-use guide will serve the needs of educators seeking to refresh or transform their instruction. Readers will be rewarded with an ample yet manageable collection of proven emerging technologies that can be leveraged for generating content, enhancing communications with and between students, and cultivating participatory, student-centered learning activities. –Publisher’s Description

Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2009). Assessing the online learner: Resources and strategies for faculty (Vol. 9). New York, NY: Wiley.

Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, experts in the field of online teaching and learning, this hands-on resource helps higher education professionals understand the fundamentals of effective online assessment. It offers guidance for designing and implementing creative assessment practices tied directly to course activities to measure student learning. The book is filled with illustrative case studies, authentic assessments based in real-life application of concepts, and collaborative activities that assess the quality of student learning rather than relying on the traditional methods of measuring the amount of information retained. –Publisher’s Description

Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2010). Collaborating online: Learning together in community (Vol. 32). New York, NY: Wiley.

“Collaborating Online” provides practical guidance for faculty seeking to help their students work together in creative ways, move out of the box of traditional papers and projects, and deepen the learning experience through their work with one another. Authors Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt draw on their extensive knowledge and experience to show how collaboration brings students together to support the learning of each member of the group while promoting creativity and critical thinking. “Collaborating Online” is the second title in the “Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning”. This series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on particular areas or issues they might confront in this new learning environment.

Stavredes, T. (2011). Effective online teaching: Foundations and strategies for student success. New York, NY: Wiley.

In order to enable the widespread adoption of online education, faculty must be trained in the pedagogy of teaching in this medium. This book offers an understanding of how cognition and learning theory applies to an online learning environment. Through behaviorist, constructivist, and cognitive approaches it provides strategies for incorporating this knowledge into effective learner-centered teaching practice. Each chapter contains reflection and discussion questions which can be used for self-directed learning. It is ideal for new instructors or those new to online teaching. –Publisher’s Description

Ko, S. S., & Rossen, S. (2010). Teaching online: A practical guide (Vol. 3). New York, NY: Routledge.

Teaching Online: A Practical Guide is a practical, concise guide for educators teaching online. This updated edition has been fully revamped and reflects important changes that have occurred since the second edition’s publication. A leader in the online field, this best- selling resource maintains its reader friendly tone and offers exceptional practical advice, new teaching examples, faculty interviews, and an updated resource section. –Publisher’s Description

Interested in additional titles?  Here is a complete list of online pedagogy e-books owned by the UI&U Library.  To access any of these ebooks, enter the title in the catalog advanced search.

  • Barbera, E., & Reimann, P. (Eds.). (2013). Assessment and evaluation of time factors in online teaching and learning. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Beaudoin, M., Kurtz, G., Jung, I., Suzuki, K., & Grabowski, B. L. (2013). Online Learner Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes for Successful Learning in Online Settings. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Bender, T. (2003). Discussion-based online teaching to enhance student learning: Theory, practice, and assessment. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
  • [student guide] Bowman, L. (2010). Online learning: A user-friendly approach for high school and college students. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Bozarth, J. (2013). Better than bullet points: Creating engaging e-learning with PowerPoint. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Brosche, T. A. M. (2010). Successful Online Learning: Managing the Online Learning Environment Efficiently and Effectively. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett
  • Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2011). E-learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Conceição, S. C., & Lehman, R. M. (2011). Managing online instructor workload: Strategies for finding balance and success (Vol. 33). New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Conrad, R., & Donaldson, J. A. (2012). Continuing to engage the online learner: More Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Dirckinck-Holmfeld, L., Hodgson, V. E., & McConnell, D. (2012). Exploring the theory, pedagogy and practice of networked learning. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Dunn, D. S., Wilson, J. H., Freeman, J., & Stowell, J. R. (2011). Best practices for technology-enhanced teaching and learning: Connecting to psychology and the social sciences. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • [student guide] Fandl, K. J., & Smith, J. D. (2013). Success as an online student: strategies for effective learning. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • [student guide] Johnson, K., & Manning, S. (2009). Online education for dummies. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Lynch, M. M. (2004). Learning online: A guide to success in the virtual classroom. Florence, KY: Psychology Press.
  • McLeod, S., & Lehmann, C. (Eds.). (2011). What school leaders need to know about digital technologies and social media. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online learning communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2013). Lessons from the virtual classroom: The realities of online teaching (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2011). The excellent online instructor: Strategies for professional development. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2003). The virtual student: A profile and guide to working with online learners. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Marovich, M., & Stanaityte, J. (2010). Cutting-edge social media approaches to business education: teaching with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, and blogs. C. Wankel (Ed.). Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age.
  • Roberts, T. S. (Ed.). (2006). Self, peer, and group assessment in e-learning. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • [student guide] Smith, C. (2012). Ethical Behaviour in the E-Classroom: What the online student needs to know. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • Stavredes, T., & Herder, T. (2013). A Guide to Online Course Design: Strategies for Student Success. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Tozman, R. (2012). Learning on demand: How the evolution of the web is shaping the future of learning. Alexandria, VA: American Society for Training and Development.
  • Vander Ark, T. (2011). Getting smart: How digital learning is changing the world. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Wankel, C. (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling. L. A. Wankel, & P. Blessinger (Eds.). Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Wiske, M. S., & Breit, L. (2010). Teaching for understanding with technology. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Wankel, C. (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling. Cambridge, MA: Emerald.
  • Wankel, C., & Blessinger, P. (Eds.). (2013). Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-learning Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies. Cambridge, MA: Emerald.
  • Weller, M. (2011). The digital scholar: How technology is transforming scholarly practice. London: Bloomsbury.
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Our Library is for Our Staff, Too!

It is common knowledge that university libraries provide resources to support student learning and faculty research, but did you know that our library includes resources for university staff members, too?  As a UI&U staff person, you have access to many online periodicals and magazines that can help you to develop professionally while an employee here.  These so-called “trade journals” include articles that professionals in a wide variety of fields can read to stay current with best practices directly related to their work expertise.  Here are just a few examples of these, all accessible 24 hours a day, every day, via our library website:

•    Computers & Education
•    Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
•    Disability Compliance for Higher Education
•    Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education
•    Writing Center Journal
•    Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement
•    Enrollment Management Report
•    Journal of College Admission
•    Successful Registrar
•    VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine
•    Journal of Student Financial Aid
•    HR Magazine
•    University Business
•    American Libraries

Whether you are a staff member interested in reading more about the latest news and trends in your chosen field of work or a staff supervisor seeking to find convenient and budget-friendly ways to encourage those who work in your department to engage in professional development, our librarians are ready to help you find key professional journals (and e-books, too!) that can keep you at the forefront of your job knowledge.   We can also help you to set up an RSS feed that will enable you to have selected articles of interest sent right to your email or mobile device automatically each time they are published.

Interested?  Please contact a member of our library

reference team at or by phone at extension 8747 (from off campus, 800-861-6400, ext. 8747) so we can help you get started.

Matt Pappathan
UI&U Library Director


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