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New Book Co-Edited by Dana Dunn Describes Best Tech Practices

Practical information for using technology in higher education academic programs

Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching & LearningBethlehem, Pa., February 21, 2011—Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning, edited by Dana S. Dunn, along with Janie H. Wilson, James E. Freeman, and Jeffrey R. Stowell, provides practical information about using technology in higher education academic programs.

"While we use psychology and the social sciences as the backdrop, the book is designed to be attractive to those in any discipline in which electronic resources can be used in the classroom," notes Dunn, Moravian professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum. Chapters address "developing an online curriculum," "faculty-student communication," "a practical guide to using You-Tube," the use of social media, and using online tools to promote student collaboration.

"We required all of the authors to write very practical, focused chapters so that interested readers could readily pick up ideas," adds Dunn. "We also identified both the strengths and the downfalls about using these technologies.

"As an editor, I added the more skeptical voice, which I believe improved the final product. The nice thing about a book like this is that there is enough variety for readers to choose what is most useful to them. Few other texts on the topic related to psychology had been available; Oxford University Press is the publisher.

Dunn earned his B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. He chaired the psychology department at Moravian for six years, and currently is professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum at Moravian. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dunn served as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology in 2010. He frequently speaks at national and regional disciplinary conferences. Dunn has written numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews concerning his areas of research interest: the teaching of psychology, social psychology, and rehabilitation psychology. He is the author or editor of many books, including Research Methods for Social Psychology, The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research, and Short Guide to Writing about Psychology.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.