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Intro to Formatting iBooks: Beyond the TemplateSyllabus
Credits
: 2
Instructor 
: Mary Elizabeth
email:
mary.elizabeth@uvm.edu
Meeting dates and times
: Spring, 2013; Summer 2013
Course Description:
Did you ever wish you (and your students, if you’re an educator) couldmake your own iBooks? You can! iBooks can be an excellent tool for publishing your work, sharing with peers and colleagues, delivering or differentiating instruction, and publishing student work. Thisintroduction to formatting documents for iBooks will help you learn thebasics of creating or modifying documents to work well as iBooks inboth fixed and flexible formats using Microsoft Word or Apple Pageson your own laptop. You'll leave with versions of your work in bothfixed (PDF) and flexible (iBook) format and in possession of resourcesthat will help you with future iBook formatting. As a preview, thissyllabus is available in both PDF and iBook format, demonstratingsome of the techniques that will be taught in the course.The instructor has extensive experience in writing with technology anddesign of K–higher ed. learning materials, and works as a formattingspecialist for an eBook conversion service.Students must have a recent version of Microsoft Word for Mac (partof Microsoft Office, and available through the Campus licensingprogramhttp://darwin.uvm.edu/fmi/xsl/pricelists/software_pricelist.xsl ) and Apple Pages ’09 for Mac (part of AppleiWork ’09 and available through the Apple Education store here:http://store.apple.com/us_edu_13781/product/MB942Z/A/iWork-09)and a computer on which to use it. Students must also have accessto a device on which to view iBooks (iPhone, iPod, or iPad) for theduration of the class.Students should contact the instructor by email upon signing up todiscuss the documents they wish to convert to iBook format as their Final Project. Students will be requested to bring extra material incase their formatting goes more quickly than anticipated.
 
Goals:
To introduce participants to the two main types of digital publications (fixed and flexible) andtheir limitations and possibilitiesTo introduce the concept of considerate texts and the particular application of this conceptto digital publicationsTo introduce participants to the important differences between digital and print documentsand digital and print document creationTo provide participants with an understanding of the types of thoughtful control that canmake documents more readable, better able to meet the needs of diverse audiences,and appropriate for digital formatTo help participants think through the process that will serve them best for creating adocument that has both a print and a digital versionTo equip participants to format documents that will meet their expectations when theyundergo eBook conversionTo equip participants to prepare files to a high standard of quality for private/internal, public/external, and/or commercial eBook publication.For course registrants to feel confident in using the course content in their work,coursework, classroom instruction, and other areas
Learning Objectives
Students will understand iBooks in terms of:the two main types of eBooks (flexible and fixed layout)the limitations and possibilities of eBook formatsthe similarities and differences between eBooks and print materialshow to create a well-formatted iBook from a Word or Pages documenthow eBook creation might best be put to use in various venues, including classroomsand professional settingsStudents will have the ability to perform the document formatting/technology skills of:creating well-organized and “considerate” textsbookmarking for creating internal document links
 
checking readabilitychecking spelling and grammar choosing and applying fonts and styles to create attractive textscreating a document from an outlinecreating a structured documentcreating eBook-ready tablescreating eBook-ready listsformatting eBook-ready stand-alone and wrapped imagescreating keyboard shortcutshyperlinking to create both internal and external linksversioningtesting their iBook for qualityStudents will work collaboratively to problem solve.Students will confidently adopt technological solutions for their publishing needs.Students will present their finished product and their plans for future eBooks to the class.Students who are educators will confidently address—at a minimum—the followingVermont Framework Communication Standards as applicable in their classrooms,incorporating insights, knowledge, and skills gained in this class:
WRITING
Writing Dimensions1. 5 Students draft, revise, edit, and critique written products so that final drafts areappropriate in terms of the following dimensions:Purpose Intent is established and maintained within a given piece of writing.Organization The writing demonstrates order and coherence.
IT
Information Technology1.17 Students use computers, telecommunications, and other tools of technology toresearch, to gather information and ideas, and to represent information and ideasaccurately and appropriately.

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