iBooks/iTunesU Pilot Project @MSU


iBooks/iTunesU Pilot Project @MSU

This is a collaborative hub where members of the MSU iBooks/iTunesU pilot project and others who are interested in their work, can share ideas, resources, questions, commentary and results of their experience using the iBooks/iTunesU tools with their students throughout the Spring 2012 semester and beyond. 

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Comment by Gregg Festa on July 26, 2012 at 10:26am

Apple will now let any teacher publish content to iTunes U


Comment by Ting Ho on July 19, 2012 at 4:24pm
Yup, online textbooks as well as online education in general seem to be the hot buttons these days.  Specifically as the solution to address the high cost of education.
I'm spending the summer putting my book into iBA.  The plan is to disseminate it free, but have a component of resources that will be accessible only at MSU.  Target will be both students and alumni, who will need to register somehow to access the resources.  Intention is to put resources into the LMS (Moodle?) that can also house contributions (not monetary, but maybe?) by alumni, faculty, etc., and provide a forum.  
Right now about one-third of my book's has been entered.  This part will be used as a resource for some classes--not sure how yet.  I haven't used all of iBA's capabilities, as it's slow going mastering the functions as I go along.  iBA is very temperamental!  But this means of textbook publishing is obviously the wave of the future.
Comment by AJ Kelton on July 18, 2012 at 8:41am


The rising cost of textbooks—along with the rise of easy-to-use publishing tools online—has helped drive the popularity of open-source materials and professors’ taking a do-it-yourself approach to textbook publishing. Here are three professors who wrote their own textbooks and are distributing them free.


One year ago, students began coming to the philosophy class of Brendan Myers at Heritage College, in Gatineau, Quebec, without the required textbook.

“I made some remarks, of course, about needing the textbook to pass the class, and they told me that they couldn’t afford it. They needed to..."


Comment by Gregg Festa on June 28, 2012 at 2:55pm

Simple guide to publishing an iBooks author created book:


Comment by Gregg Festa on May 31, 2012 at 12:40pm

One author's experience on getting her iBook published through Apple


Comment by Gregg Festa on April 19, 2012 at 10:40pm

Nancy Duarte's "Resonate" Published as First Interactive Business Book for iPad Built Entirely in Apple's iBooks Author

see: http://on.mktw.net/JS3au5

Comment by Ting Ho on April 19, 2012 at 12:00pm

To clarify, I don't have any specific research data on the student attitude of keeping their academic and social networks separate. I've picked this up from a number of articles in "Campus Technology".  Perhaps we can do our own survey of MSU students.

Comment by Julie Dalley on April 18, 2012 at 11:48am

Is there any way to get these messages as emails in full (with the whole post) rather than a link to the message? I love the conversation but it's not always possible to go to the web page to read the entries. Thanks! Ting, I would also be interested in that research. Thanks again.

Comment by AJ Kelton on April 18, 2012 at 11:40am

Ting, very interesting point.  Sounds like an excellent venue for research.  Lets chat offline about this because my doctoral work may tie into this.

Comment by Ting Ho on April 18, 2012 at 11:20am

thanks for the link. In fact, watching videos to learn Author has become difficult because of time constraints (...end of semester, etc.).  Having a book as a resource will be easier since it taps into learning strategies well-learned during my school days.  I wonder if the same is true of our students' generation. Research seems to suggest that students prefer to keep their education and social life separated, e.g., receiving e-mails from teachers rather than text messages, using Blackboard instead of other less formal material delivery systems.


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