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BTB #126: San Antontio: Great Plains and Texas Crossroad

BTB #126: San Antontio: Great Plains and Texas Crossroad

It’s a TAA tradition: Geographer Robert W. Christopherson opens each annual TAA conference with a “geo-primer,” a one-hour crash course on geography and “place.” For this year’s visit to San Antonio, the award-winning geography textbook author explored the city as a point of convergence in geography and history, from the physical setting in the southern […]

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BTB #119: Textbook 2.0

BTB #119: Textbook 2.0

Amazon’s launch of a “textbook-ready” Kindle aside, the news on technology and textbooks isn’t just about delivering content. Panelists for this year’s TAA Conference – including Roth Wilkofsky, President of the Arts and Sciences Communication, English, and Political Science group for Pearson – considered how technology can make textbooks better by improving the educational experience, […]

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BTB #111: What To Do When You Don’t Have Time

BTB #111: What To Do When You Don’t Have Time

Are you in charge of your “to-do” lists or are your lists in charge of you? Susan Robison – the “Professor Destressor” – helps her TAA 2009 conference audience unlearn what we’ve all heard about time management and how to apply practices that will increase effectiveness in teaching, writing, and living well.

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BTB #86: Time For ‘Creative Procrastination’

BTB #86: Time For ‘Creative Procrastination’

Prof. Susan Robison, creator of the “Professor Destressor” workshops, tells Chris Kenneally to “give up managing time, we can’t do it anyway – learn to manage task, energy, and attention.” Robison joins TAA members this June at the group’s annual conference and TAA’s Kim Pawlak gives a program preview.

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BTB #82: Scholarly Writing: Strengthening Your Literature Review

BTB #82: Scholarly Writing: Strengthening Your Literature Review

If you’re an academic author, you’ve written your share of literature reviews, but are you happy with the process and results? Most scholars aren’t. You sit at your desk facing piles of books and articles asking yourself “How am I supposed to begin to tackle and process all of this material?” In this TAA teleconference, […]

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BTB #77: Want Textbook Success? It’s By Design

BTB #77: Want Textbook Success? It’s By Design

Maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the basic rules of marketing dictate that many a book is bought because it looks worth the reading. In fact, advises Robert Christopherson, creator of the leading physical geography texts in the US and Canada, textbook authors should always immerse themselves in their books’ design […]

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BTB #69: KISS: Making the Complex Comprehensible

BTB #69: KISS: Making the Complex Comprehensible

The Text and Academic Authors Association presented KISS (Keeping It Simple Isn’t Stupid): Making the Complex Comprehensible with Brenda Berube, Professor, Medical Laboratory Science, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth; Janet Belsky, Professor, Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University; Michael D. Spiegler, Professor of Psychology at Providence College; and Karen Morris, Distinguished Professor, Law, Monroe Community College at their […]

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BTB #68: Breaking Writers Block

BTB #68: Breaking Writers Block

The Text and Academic Authors Association presented Breaking Writer’s Block: How to overcome the psychological inhibitions that keep you from writing with Dr. Erin Oksol at their annual meeting in June. This podcast focuses on both the possible causes of writer’s block and strategies to minimize and move through writer’s block. The session also included […]

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BTB #65: Maximizing a Book’s Impact

BTB #65: Maximizing a Book’s Impact

At this year’s Text and Academic Authors Association Annual Meeting, David Brake presented “Leveraging the Wisdom of Your Crowd: Five Things Every Author Can Do to Maximize a Book’s Impact.” This program offers authors and publishers unprecedented ways to reach potential book buyers (or adopters). While many publishers are focusing on ways to use social […]

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BTB #63: A Play on Words

BTB #63: A Play on Words

By special arrangement with the Text and Academic Authors Association, Beyond the Book presents “A Play on Words: Acting Out Contract Negotiations.” At TAA’s annual conference on text and academic authoring, Beyond the Book’s Christopher Kenneally moderated a role-playing session on contract negotiation with Jan Kardys, who has over 20 years experience in contract negotiations […]

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