Today Vicki and I are trying out a slow Twitter chat with questions themed around online and blended learning. A couple of questions later on today are about reading recommendations, and I thought I’d collect a few here.
First blogs. I read Steve Wheeler’s Learning with ‘e’s regularly (I’m also reading his book of the same name, which I recommend). I also love Terry Elliot‘s writings, particularly this. Simon Ensor confuses, provokes and stimulates my thoughts with his blog posts as does Ron Samul here. Then of course there’s Hybrid Pedagogy and Audrey Watters. And, of course, Mr rhizo himself, Dave Cormier. Last, but by no means least is Kevin, who inspires my digital creations. I follow him pretty much everywhere. including his blog here.
I have a lot of books I want to read at the moment. I’m slow reading Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics by Jenkins, Ito and boyd at the moment – cannot recommend it highly enough. I’ve also dipped in and out of Multimedia Learning by Richard Mayer and Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacy by Frank Serafini – both excellent resources when thinking about online learning design.
I’m particularly interested in online communities, networks, collectives – what they are and what we call them – and A New Culture of Learning by Thomas and Seely Brown is a book that has helped shape my thinking, as has Agoraphobia and the modern learner by Dron and Anderson – I also note with glee the free download of their new book Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media.
Then, of course, there’s pedagogy. I’m half way through Mind in Society by Vygotsky and picked up Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide to get to grips with parts of Vygotsky. I’ve also got a pile of books about constructivism to plough through at some point.
Well, that’s my suggestions – what would you recommend?