E-books Clumsy?

There are a couple of interesting points to raise in relation to Angela Chen’s article “Students Find ‘E-Textbooks Clumsy and Don’t Use their Interactive Features;” For one, the title is a bit misleading. After reading the article I noticed that while she does cite student’s responses to surveys as repeatedly mentioning poor navigation features as a con of the e-texts they were using, she gives very little context for this response. How was the survey set up for instance? Were the students specifically asked to say what they didn’t like?


I decided to read the "Platforming Books" article by Craig Mod for our "read something from the feed aggregator" assignment and it's so long and contains so many different ideas that I really don't know where to begin, but to ask myself "How did Dr. Blakesley get involved in digital publishing?"

Project Log 2

The filming is complete, and after much anxiety over recording live the end result looks fairly decent. The footage is going to now require some serious editing and compression though before it is ready to insert into the e-book. The slam was great, a good showing that I think captures the essence of what spoken word is about, and I can't wait to get into the programming of the interactive elements now. I think I may even move that phase up in the process by editing and compressing only one or two preliminary videos and then focusing on the code.

When You Wish Upon a Book

Steven Michel's article, "When You Wish Upon a Book," lays out his wish list from his Amazon account. The list includes over 600 titles from as far back as May 2001. He touches on a few of the books on his wish list that he'll probably never read such as "Eat, Pray, Love" and many other "embarrassing" titles that are offered up to the public. Rather than browsing the bookstores, he mainly just window shops and adds the books he sees to his wish list. He humorously claims that he put Borders out of business singlehandedly.

Project Log 2: Evaluating Digital Assets and Creating Prototypes

I have already compiled a tentative list of digital assets by chapter. I would like to go through and reevaluate some of the choices I previously made.

I am also going to create prototypes for the different types of digital assets: videos, audio recordings, animations, and quizzes. I have gathered many of the image and sound files I need to complete these projects. I still need to find a few free images.

Reluctance to use digital resources

I was initially drawn to the "Students Find E-Textbooks ‘Clumsy’ and Don’t Use Their Interactive Features" article because my thesis research is exploring this very issue. While numerous studies have shown that electronic resources such as videos and animations help students learn, other studies have continued to show that students don't use or like these resources. Furthermore, few studies have observed real students using actual textbooks to see what their behaviors are.

Why Ebooks Won't Rule The Earth

I wanted to read "Why eBooks Won't Rule the Earth" to equalize the opinionated articles we have been reading; I feel like we've read more pro eBook than anti, which makes sense, of course. The author here made a point with regards to the appreciation of signatures: there is a special exchange that comes with meeting a favored writer and reaping the benefits of their ole John Hancock. Even more interesting is the plethora of books that will surpass the ebook and move on to the future form, that which we haven't seen yet, all together.

Week 7 Individual Project Log

After talking to Dr. B last week I decided to narrow the focus of my travel guide to just Italy instead of all 9 countries I visited. I definitely agreed with his suggesting, this way I will be able to deliver 1st hand advice without seeming sporadic. Dr. B pointed out that not everyone is going to take the same exact backpacking route that I did, but that people could pick and choose cities in Italy they wanted to visit and use my notes to accent their trip.

Back to Basics?

I read the Chronicle article, "Students Find E-Textbooks ‘Clumsy’ and Don’t Use Their Interactive Features' by Angela Chen. The article describes several universities that have bought etexbooks and allow the students to use them for a lab fee. Teachers opt into this form of textbook instead of sending their students for the bookstore in the traditional sense. However, Chen describes that students aren't the new books in the way educators had hoped. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the school to train teachers to use the ebooks and extra features.

Log: Week 7

As we head into week 7 of the semester, I'm heading into this week as that which really gets the rest of the project set up for success.

After talking with Dr. B last week, I know that I need not focus on gathering new material with regards to images, visuals, etc., but emphasize the old material already accumulated and go from there. I'm excited to get into the MATRF this week and begin the process with a plan in tow!