Friday, March 2, 2012

E-Books and Online Classes

Tech Tips Newsletter
March 1, 2012
Editor: Karen Franker
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In this issue...
  1. Top eBook and ePublishing Tips
  2. Featured Instructor - Dr. Susan Manning
  3. New Online Course  “Using Games for Learning and Assessment”
  4. List of Summer Online Courses Including Four New Courses
  5. Tech Tip: Read ePub Files in Your Web Browser; Write an ePub Book in Google Docs  

Top eBook and ePublishing Tips
This newsletter features how to use eBooks and electronic publishing to create customized and meaningful content. Explore our list of best resources for helping instructors and learners to create and share digital books.
9 Things You Should Know About ePubs
The Ohio State University’s Office of the CIO has created a useful guide describing the “why’s” and “how’s” of e-publishing.
Discussing What Apple’s eBook Moves Mean for Higher Ed
Lisa Spiro delves into the possible impact of Apple’s digital publishing initiatives on higher ed textbook creation.
Richard Byrne provides an excellent overview of tools for creating eBooks, including Simple Booklet and 2EPUB.
How to Create Your Own Textbook—With or Without Apple
Dolores Gende describes a three-step process for involving students in the creation of a digital textbook.
How to Create ePubs
James Lengel explains how to select tools for creating and sharing eBooks.
eBooks and mLearning Aren’t as Easy as iBooks Author
Michael Grant shares three key findings about creating an eBook that he has shared with his instructional design students.
Nicolas Franz describes common eBook design platforms from low to high complexity.
Student eBook Creations
Explore eBooks created by K-12 students in the Clarke County (GA) School District.
Tech Tips:  Read ePub Files in Your Web Browser; Write an ePub Book in Google Docs
Read ePub Files in Your Web Browser
Richard Byrne explains how to use two browser add-ons to read ePub files: ePUBREADER for Firefox and Magic Scroll for Google Chrome.
Write an ePub Book in Google Docs
Cheryl Davis provides a step-by-step guide to creating a book to share on the ePub Bud site.
Meet Our Instructor – Dr. Susan Manning
We interviewed Susan Manning to find out what she enjoys about her new Using Games for Learning and Assessment online course.
“In the late 1990's, educators took a huge leap forward with distance education as they developed the first online courses.  Today we take their early efforts for granted. 
Teaching this new course in a badging program feels a little like that again. 
I am confident that game-based learning and badging opportunities will take root in many schools and colleges, and that makes teaching this course especially exciting.  Teaching with game-based learning and in a new interface also reminds me of the simple truths of learning  - clear instruction, ongoing feedback, personalized (and internalized) assignments, community,  humor and levity!  If you'd like to stretch yourself as an educator, please join us!”

EDUC 696C Using Games for Learning and AssessmentExplore quests, incentives like badges, the core tenets of game-based learning and how it supports the inquiry process. Get your game on and gamify learning for your students!
1 graduate credit
April 9 - May 4, 2012 or July 9 – August 3, 2012

You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for continuing education professional development and license renewal.
Summer Online Courses
List of Summer 2012 Online Courses 
Check out the four new courses. Register now to reserve a spot.  No tuition due now; tuition is due on the first day of the course.

Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Phone: (715) 232-2253

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