Many books are presented in a digital form that attempts to mimic the traditional experience of their paper predecessors. When thinking about how to present scholarship on the Web, I am left with a problem. I am not all that interested in creating an archive, and I am not interested in simply distributing a book-like object online. Instead I would like to see something in between these two models–a monograph that allows for a participatory narrative. Scholarship on the Web doesn’t have to conform to something that has a counterpart in the analog world. The issue: what might this look like?
Writing and electronic textbooks has never been easier than with Apple’s new application, the Apple iBooks Author, which allows amateur users to integrate images and media in their e-texts. E-texts are also more and more accessible to readers, but what sorts of questions should we be asking about our entrenched textbook practices, especially in light of Apple’s increasingly proprietary forays into the education marketplace?
This post is written by Paul Kieffaber, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Technology is no longer a novelty in the classroom. In fact I can’t think of a single classroom that is not equipped with a computer and projector. The ubiquity of this kind of technology in modern classrooms is due, in no small part, to […]