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61210_Intro to Formatting IBooks_EDSS 197_Elizabeth

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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
: Summer, 2012, July 9–13 consecutive days 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location
: Blended Course: MTWF online; Th Waterman classroom
Course Description:
Did you ever wish you (and your students, if you’re an educator)could make your own iBooks? You can! iBooks can be anexcellent tool for publishing your work, sharing with peers andcolleagues, delivering or differentiating instruction, and publishingstudent work. This introduction to formatting documents for iBookswill help you learn the basics of creating or modifying documentsto work well as iBooks in both fixed and flexible formats usingMicrosoft Word or Apple Pages on your own laptop. Thissynchronous blended course opens with a webinar for participantsto discuss their experience with and goals for iBook use andreview iBook best practice, but most of the course is a workshop,providing plenty of practice with formatting techniques, both onsample documents and then on your own documents, includingone day (Thursday) on campus together to maximize learning. For the workshop sessions in which we are not on campus, you willbe following instructions and/or screencasts and checking inperiodically, and the instructor will be available throughout thescheduled time to work with and/or assist you as you learn and practice formatting skills andstrategies. You'll leave with versions of your work in both fixed (PDF) and flexible (iBook)format and in possession of resources that will help you with future iBook formatting. As apreview, this syllabus is available in both PDF and iBook format, demonstrating some of thetechniques that will be taught in the course.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 a recent version of Microsoft Word for Mac or Windows (part of Microsoft Office, and availablethrough the Campus licensing programhttp://darwin.uvm.edu/fmi/xsl/pricelists/software_pricelist.xsl ) or Apple Pages ’09 for Mac (part of Apple iWork ’09 andavailable 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 mustalso have access to a device on which to view iBooks(iPhone, iPod, or iPad) for the duration of the class. We willall gain access to Pages on day 4 in for our on-campusmeeting.Students should contact the instructor by email upon signingup to discuss the documents they wish to convert to iBookformat as their Final Project. Students will be requested tobring extra material in case their formatting goes more quicklythan 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 thecourse 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 linkschecking 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 each lead a brief discussion on some aspect of eBooks.Students will work collaboratively to problem solve.Students will confidently adopt technological solutions for their publishing needs.

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