Key Learning advantage issues

  • Enhanced content
  • Embedded pedagogy


Enhanced content

An Inkling of the Future? Enhanced Ebooks and the College Textbook Market. By Yvette M. Chin. Digital Book World March 31, 2011

what set Inkling’s titles apart are their “natively digital” origins and built-in interactivity features. Rather than being a more or less faithful electronic version of a traditional print textbook, Inkling incorporates multimedia elements, including video and 3D objects, to enhance the learning experience. For example, a title about music appreciation involves integrated tracks by classical composers, while biology students can use the iPad’s pinch-and-zoom functionality to get a closer look at organs in the human body.

University of California Libraries UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey.Springer eBook Pilot Project. May 2011

[page 5]
Annotating and highlighting within the e-book environment is perceived as vital to the majority of respondents who use academic e -books. For those indicating a preference for print books, dissatisfaction with e-book annotation tools is frequently mentioned as a stumbling block to e-book adoption

Embedded pedagogy

From: JISC TechWatch: Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of Ebooks in Education, November 2012. [page 5]

“Challenges of ebooks in academic contexts
One of the challenges facing Higher and Further Education is how to respond to these possibilities. Does interactive content that can be brought into the classroom by students change the role of the course textbook? Does the facility of even the modest Kindle for sharing comments and annotations among readers allow new ways of discussing a text? Are there deep-seated human factors surrounding the way that students study, which cannot be satisfactorily replicated by ebooks and could even impede learning when using them? For example, such factors include: making notes, annotations and bookmarks; jumping around a textbook rather than reading it sequentially cover-to-cover; having several books open at one time; or just the plain familiarity of the paper-based format as compared to software navigation that has to be learnt. It does seem clear from studies so far that students in general will not welcome ebooks unless there is some clear advantage to be gained by their use.”

From: Viewpoint: Pearson on the rise of ‘engaging’ e-textbooks. BBC News 19 January 2012

These books are designed to take learners of all ages on their own, brand new adventures of discovery. We’ve taken some of our most respected school textbooks and other popular titles and added video, 3D animation, thousands of interactive tools and test questions.

They cover topics from trigonometry to T-Rex and equations to elephants. We think that they will inspire and engage students, who will be able to see for themselves the wonders of how a heart beats, how a plant turns light into food, or how dinosaurs once prowled the earth.

Our initial focus is on America, but this is only the first wave. We’re planning to create similar books in more subjects, for different levels of learning and more geographic markets around the world.

We believe that digital and mobile technologies – built around the needs of talented teachers and engaged students – offer a genuine chance to improve learning.

The 5,000 test questions embedded in these new books – which allow students to check their understanding on the go, rather than wait until the end of the course – are just one example.