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Authors at Trine University publish open educational resource, “Technology Tools for Leaders”

Navy blue book cover with graphic elements that reads : Technology Tools for Leaders by Andrea Bearman and Jill NoyesA new open educational resource (OER) from authors at Trine University explores how leaders can examine and adopt technologies that help organizations and their members be successful.

Through an interactive publication titled “Technology Tools for Leaders,” readers will learn how to apply design thinking to leadership scenarios while working through elements related to technology implementation including communication, failure, continuous improvement, and privacy concerns. They will have an opportunity to investigate the technology needs of an organization and then prepare its members for changes in technology, while also developing initiatives to maximize organizational effectiveness.

Andrea Bearman, Director of Instructional Design and Development, and Jill Noyes, Director of Library and Information Services, published the resource using the PALNI Pressbooks platform, an open source book authoring and editing tool offered to PALNI-supported institutions. It is the second project to be produced jointly by the authors through Pressbooks; the first is an interactive book and quick-start guide for research titled “Research and Information Literacy with Library Resources.”

According to the “Technology Tools for Leaders” book description: With the vast and varied technologies available to leaders, it is no doubt managing these technologies can be challenging. Yet, leaders must have a sense of which technologies will help the organization and its members to be successful. While an organizational leader does not need to be a technology expert, having an awareness of the impact technology has on an organization is important.

As a PALNI Press title, the publication is entirely free and available to anyone interested in the subject matter. View and download the contents online.


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