Dr. Barbara L.

Further Reading:
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) “7 Things You Shoud !no" A#out $i%is&:
Fried#erg0 1ere23) “Using 4ogs and $i%is in 5igher Edu*ation)& htt':((3outu)#e(6r78!C#9:5;
$i%is in <ain Engish) htt':((3outu)#e(=dnL//Td2LY
Approaches to Teaching and Learning
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Spring 2012

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