The University of Colorado Boulder participated in an electronic-textbook (e-text) pilot during the fall semester of 2012. The pilot, co-sponsored by Internet2 and EDUCAUSE, examined how nine sections of eight courses with 729 students used McGraw-Hill e-texts.
With the proliferation of technologies that grab our attention and keep us stimulated, a mindful approach to teaching just might provide a balancing and grounding function to restore the focus and attention of our students.
In the spring semester, we observed students and faculty members using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to facilitate teaching and learning. We found that GAFE provides affordances for sharing artifacts among faculty and students, encouraging conversations at a distance, and providing tools for course management.
Carleton College maintains a robust list of teaching methods with a high-level overview of each. This is an excellent site to browse and reflect on methods that might work for you. You'll find descriptions of many methods including coached problem solving, context-rich problems, game-baed learning, and just-in-time teaching.
Citation: Mennecke, B., Hassall, L., & Triplett, J. (2008). The Mean Business of Second Life: Teaching Entrepreneurship, Technology and e-Commerce in Immersive Environments. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 4(3). Retrieved from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol4no3/hassall_0908.htm
Citation: Cummings, J. (2007). Sarah Robbins on Teaching in Second Life | EDUCAUSE Spring Focus Session. March 20, 2007 Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/blog/jcummings/SarahRobbinsonTeachinginSecond/16...
Summary: Interview with Sarah Robbins of Ball State University on teaching a rhetoric class in Second Life.
Citation: Benedict, James O, and Kevin J. Apple. (2004). "Just-in-Time-Teaching: A Web Based Teaching Approach." Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching. Retrieved from http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/eit2004/eit04-07.html
Summary: Instructors require students to answer online questions before class; and then they use those answers to plan the course and give feedback to their students.