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EDSS 295 Intro to Formatting iBooks Syllabus
Credits
: 1-12
Instructor 
: Mary Elizabeth
email:
mary.elizabeth@uvm.edu
 Meeting dates and times
: Spring 2014
Location
 
and Meeting Times To Be Determined Based on Student Schedules
Course may also be arranged as an independent study with times arranged as suit instructor and student and can be adapted for EPUB or Kindle, rather than iBooks Author, and can include preparing work for Print on Demand (POD) publication.
 
Course Description:
eBooks in general and iBooks in particular, can be an excellent tool for publishing your work, sharing with peers and colleagues, delivering and differentiating instruction, and publishing student work. Multi-touch (aka
enhanced 
) eBooks, such as iBooks, can include text, images, and interactive content, including multimedia (both embedded and streaming), layered information, assessment of various types, and other widgets. Putting some combination of these data types together to make a high quality educational product depends on foundation in three areas: understanding of research on learning and learning styles, differentiating instruction, instructional design, integrating technology in education settings, and assessment in general and the reading process in particular; content area knowledge; and practical understanding of layout, design, and practical capability with the technology and tools with which the product is created. Participants will review applicable research and learn how technology applications can be used to eBooks, allowing them to showcase their content knowledge in one or more new multi-touch iBooks that are designed to impact their teaching practice. The instructor has extensive experience in writing with technology and design of K–higher ed. learning materials, and works as a formatting specialist for an eBook conversion service. Students must have Apple Pages ’09 for Mac (part of Apple iWork ’09 and available from a link on Apple’s site (for EPUB) or iBooks Author (free download from the App store—for multi-touch iBooks), a word processing program, and a computer on which to use it. Students must also have access to a device on which to view eBooks (an iPad, if they intend to create a mult-itouch eBook) for the duration of the class. Students should contact the instructor by email upon signing up to discuss their project.
 
Goals:
Participants will gain professional knowledge and skills that will lead a) to proficiency in creating eBooks that are grounded in research and b) to the implementation of these materials in their classrooms and the improvement of learning for their students.
Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate knowledge of topics, concepts, and skills essential to appropriate educational use of technology, including: learning and learning styles / intelligences, differentiating instruction, instructional design, integrating technology in education settings, and assessment in general and the reading process in particular Students will demonstrate knowledge of topics, concepts, and skills essential to creating eBooks that meet design and layout standards for educational documents. Students will present their finished product and their plans for classroom integration.
Students wll answer the following questions regarding the implementation of class learning: 1. What are appropriate/desirable uses for eBooks in my classroom to enhance learning? 2. What kinds of eBook content and design (e.g., multi-touch? leveled?) are best suited to my students and subject area(s) to meet the needs of the particular instructional moment(s) I have chosen to target? 3. How can I best employ the technology tools available to create products that suit these needs? 4. How will I introduce and integrate the eBook content I create into my classroom practice?
Students who are educators will confidently address—at a minimum—the following Vermont Framework Communication Standards as applicable in their classrooms, incorporating insights, knowledge, and skills gained in this class:
 
Technology Requirements, Prerequisite Knowledge, and Competencies Hardware
You must have 1. a Macintosh computer with an Internet connection and running OS X Lion or Mountain Lion on which to access course readings perform formatting tasks access Dropbox SmallDog Electronics in S. Burlington rents Macs http://www.smalldog.com/ 2. an iPad, or eReader identical to that which your students will access your work , continually available for the duration of the course including the final project. Note: only iPads can access the multi-touch eBooks from the application we will use.
Software
It is important that you have the designated software so that you will easily be able to participate in the class.
Pages
 2009 for Mac (http://www.apple.com/iwork/pages/) for working on EPUB
iBooks Author 
 (free download from the App store) for working on multi-touch iBooks
A word processor of your choice (Microsoft Word 2011 or Apple Pages recommended) Adobe Reader,
 which can be downloaded for free from the app store or iTunes.
Dropbox
, a free program for transferring large files on both your Mac and your iPad https://www.dropbox.com/install 
Adobe Digital Editions
 if you plan to make an EPUB http://helpx.adobe.com/digital-editions/kb/cant-install-digital-editions.html 
iBooks
, which can be downloaded for free from the app store or iTunes. If you already have iBooks, make sure that you have the most recent version that works on your device, as well as the latest version of the device operating system, available by plugging your device into your computer with iTunes on it.

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