EDSS 295 Intro to Formatting iBooks Syllabus
: Mary Elizabeth
Meeting dates and times
: Spring 2014
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.
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
) 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.