Have an idea for a multimedia textbook?

Mobile devices, such as the iPad, iPhone and Android, have created new opportunities for faculty to rethink how they approach course materials.  Tools are now available that allow you to easily author an interactive textbook that includes images, audio, movies and even interactive elements.

The CIT is exploring these options and would like to hear from faculty interested in creating their own textbook or course materials for Apple’s iPad or other devices.

In late October, Apple released a new version of iBooks Author, a page layout and authoring tool that lets you easily create interactive textbooks for use on the iPad or iPhone.  This new version of the software has added support for mathematical expressions and equation editing using LaTeX and MathML notation, as well as enhancements for embedding audio and video and interactive widgets.

Several options are also available for faculty interested in authoring course materials that will work on a variety of platforms (iPad, Android, or Kindle) using the open epub standard for ebooks.  If you have a Mac with Pages, you can directly create and export epub books and there are several free page layout software packages for Mac and Windows computers especially created for epub authoring.

If you have an idea for creating a multimedia mobile textbook or course materials, contact the CIT to talk with one of our consultants about the opportunities available.

Randy Riddle

Author: Randy Riddle

Randy Riddle is a Senior Consultant in Duke Learning Innovation and consults with faculty in the Social Sciences on pedagogy, learning, student assessment, and integrating technology into teaching practices. His professional interests include active learning, “flipped” classroom methods, inclusive classroom strategies, and integration of e-learning tools, social networking, video and multimedia, and data visualization into the daily work of teaching.