The "teaching machine" envisioned in the past (e.g., the 1967 film 1999 A.D.) is becoming a reality. This seminar will focus on the capability of digital learning materials (DLMs) like interactive tutorials, simulations, and games to engage learners and become an essential resource for enhancing student learning across all disciplines, both in the classroom and online. The primary challenge that has restrained the universal adoption of these resources is that it is difficult for faculty and students to locate existing high-quality DLMs. This seminar will focus on providing useful tools and techniques for effectively and efficiently locating course appropriate DLMs. We will begin by exploring the reasons behind the rise and development of DLMs. Next we will examine why and how these resources can enhance student learning. Finally, we will discuss in depth the discovery process for locating and integrating these resources into an instructor's courses and the institution's curriculum.
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Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons & Thun Library, The Pennsylvania State University