Professor Co-Authors Web-Based Learning Book
Posted on April 16, 2018
Since technology constantly changes, Dr. Gayle Davidson-Shivers decided there was a need to update and publish the second edition of her textbook, “Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.”
Davidson-Shivers, professor of instructional design and development in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama, collaborated on the second edition of the book with first edition co-author Dr. Karen L. Rasmussen, a 1997 doctoral graduate of the IDD program at South. Rasmussen is a professor and vice president in the division of research and strategic innovation at the University of West Florida. The third co-author is Dr. Patrick R. Lowenthal, associate professor of educational technology at Boise State University.
The first edition of the textbook was published in 2006, and they took time to research and conceptualize the model before writing. The updated version still remains unique in that the emphasis is on designing, implementing and evaluating online instruction and learning. The book also includes running case examples and activities that can be applied as readers read the material.
“We worked and collaborated to revise the second edition in about seven months,” noted Davidson-Shivers. “All of us are fortunate to have extensive academic and practical experience in the IDD field. It was nice to work with Karen again. This is the first time I have worked with Patrick, and it was a great experience.”
Davidson-Shivers said in this updated version, “We recommend evaluation planning be done early, after the analysis and before concurrent design begins.”
Davidson-Shivers has also written a chapter in another book, “Women’s Voices in the Field of Educational Technology: Our Journeys,” which was also published by Springer. Her chapter is “Gayle’s Voice: My Journey of How I Got to Now.”
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