eTextbook Initiatives - Sponsored Room Design and Furniture Provided by Herman Miller

Tuesday, February 05 | 2:30PM–3:15PM | Plaza Ballroom D
Session Type: Professional Development
Reimagining Textbooks (Print and E-Books) to Better Match Learners' Cognitive Models
Barry Hill, Professor of Music & Audio Engineering, Lebanon Valley College
Traditional textbooks and even e-textbooks do not match cognitive models of how people learn. Pull any book from your office shelf and you'll see chapter after chapter of technical information presented in seemingly random order. Novices require authentic context; they gradually work their way up in complexity and detail while learning all that technical stuff. Course design and textbooks should follow this model, which isn't difficult to do. This session will demonstrate models of both print and e-books that attempt to better serve learners.

Finding Your Pathway to E-Textbook Authoring
Edward R. O'Neill, Senior Consultant, Learning Design & Technology, University of Southern California
Making and sharing e-books has never been easier. Many tools are available, and many of them are free. The ability to author an electronic document that's portable, accessible on many platforms and devices, easy to search and navigate, and printable when needed proves to be more of a promise than a reality. It turns out that many of the features that make e-books desirable are often incompatible. This session aims to show potential e-book authors the choices they face and the tools that will meet their specific needs. It will address file formats, authoring tools, structure, navigation, and printing for e-books.


  • Barry Hill

    Professor of Music & Audio Engineering, Lebanon Valley College
  • Edward O'Neill

    Senior Instructional Designer