I have been working on the feasibility of using eBooks for trade students and what form they should take. The technical issues are not too daunting however the content is.
These old unit books we have used for many years are not really designed to transfer over to eBooks, they rely on text-based information with a few pictures. The challenge is to get the content right, images that directly relate to work situations, audio and videos to replace text, get the message across and keep the students interested and engaged.
That seems like a nice challenge for my spare time. The new SIEC site at Tonsley Park offers an opportunity to trial new equipment and resources for that equipment. (Ipads mainly, but other tablets are also being considered) eBooks, Ebooks or E-Books whatever is the correct term fill what I perceive to be a need for this extra interactivity when accessing information for learning.
Far from the parental cries of turn that music off, shouldn’t you be studying, (When I was studying) today’s students are quite content to have the Ipod/Iphone playing music, the laptop on chatting on Facebook and a Synchronous tutorial running. Their used to stimulation from multiple sources and find it strange that people would wear a watch (a device) that only has one function, to tell time.
So a book that has video, audio, images, links to google earth maps in real-time, a table of contents that links to pages is easy to read on various devices, fits the brief.
Putting in Video is not too hard, but the video needs to have the right information and techniques used to comply with our delivery and training package requirements. I hope to preview the first serious one soon…Cheers rob