Thursday, October 27 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
From EBooks to ETextbooks to Multimedia: The Relevance of EReaders and Tablets for Open Education

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As more educational institutions increase their online/open education programs, students and faculty will depend on digital content as part of course instruction. As a result, students and faculty may invest in mobile devices to access such content. Mobile devices will include EReaders and tablets. This discussion session will address trends in mobile technologies which may complement open education, as well as new ETextbook and resource formats that are accessible through a wide variety of devices.


A fundamental assumption regarding online education asserts that instruction and content will move away from static text toward video and interactive texts.  The discussion facilitator(s) of this session will ask three main questions: (1)What types of content do faculty currently provide in open education environments?, (2)What type of technology and devices are necessary to access this content?, and (3)Can today's EReaders, smartphones, and iPads provide an appropriate medium for open education content?  Participants in the discussion will share research findings, relevant projects or initiatives, and first-hand experiences relevant to these three questions.


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Rachel Wexelbaum

Collection Management Librarian / Assoc Prof, St Cloud State University
Rachel Wexelbaum is Collection Management Librarian at St Cloud State University. She is one of the founding members of the Wikimedia Minnesota User Group and organizer of Wiki Loves Pride edit-a-thons. She has been an active Wikipedian since 2014 and is the Twitter administrator... Read More →

Thursday October 27, 2011 11:30am - 12:00pm MDT
White Pine

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