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Asynchronous eCourse beginning April 7, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Nicole Hennig
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 18
Certificate of Completion available upon request
Your patrons trust your recommendations on what to read next, and as the use of iPads proliferates, they will look to you for recommendations on exemplary books as apps. The best of this new breed of apps use the multimedia, multi-touch capabilities of the iPad to extend the concept of the book, creating a new immersive experience for readers. In this eCourse Nicole Hennig, head of the user experience (UX) group for the MIT Libraries, will
- A better understanding of the characteristics that make for a quality reading experience in this new format
- Knowledge of where to look for reviews of book apps and what to include when writing your own reviews
- Familiarity with some of the best book apps currently available as well as an understanding of what makes them the best
- Ideas for creative programs and services that you can offer in your library related to iPad book apps
Each week’s lesson includes a video introduction, readings, and ongoing message board discussions. To participate, you will need access to an iPad. It’s recommended that students plan to budget $30–$50 on apps, though additional purchases are not required to take the eCourse. To get the most out of this eCourse you should already be comfortable with using an iPad and purchasing apps.
- Provide guidance for integrating iPads into your library’s programs and services by facilitating demos of important titles from the most innovative publishers
- Offer benchmarks for evaluating book apps and writing reviews of them
- Lead you in conversation about book apps as you share your reviews with the class
1. Introduction to book apps
2. Survey of adult nonfiction and fiction titles, including reference books
- What is a book app: definitions and fuzzy boundaries
- What are the features that enhance the reading experience?
- Genres overview
- Publishers to watch
3. Children's books and graphic novels, for all ages
- Navigation, browsing, image manipulation, geo and location awareness, covers
- Social sharing and annotation
- Enhanced possibilities for learning
- What makes for an excellent user experience?
4. Innovation and the future of the book
- Image manipulation, multi-touch, zooming, interactivity, audio, sound design
- Enhanced possibilities for learning
- Breaking the boundaries between books and interactive tools
- What makes for an excellent user experience?
- Merging and shifting boundaries
- Publisher fears and digital rights management (DRM)
- Bundling of formats (epub, PDF, mobi)
- Native mobile apps vs. web apps. Book apps vs. Kindle/NOOK/iBooks, etc.
- Publishing tools: iBooks Author and more
- Ideas and idea-generation activities for new services around iPads
- Resources for keeping up to date: books, articles, blogs, publishers, book apps, and more
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on April 7. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Nicole Hennig will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on April 7 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. To participate in this eCourse, you will need access to an iPad. It’s recommended that students plan to budget $30–$50 on apps, though additional purchases are not required to take the eCourse. To get the most out of this eCourse you should already be comfortable with using an iPad and purchasing apps. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Nicole Hennig is an independent user-experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of two books: Best Apps for Academics, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. Her online courses, Apps for Librarians & Educators, and The Book as iPad App, have enabled professional librarians from all type of institutions to effectively implement mobile apps in their programs and services. Her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, helps librarians stay current with mobile technologies. She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. Her awards include the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award of Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year. Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively. Follow her on twitter @nic221 and read her blog, where she writes about libraries, mobile web, apps, e-books, and emerging technologies.
Participant feedback from the previous workshop
"Not only did I learn a lot about something I knew little about, but I also saw how excellently an online course can be done. The videos were more entertaining that anything on Netflix, and I am inspired to try creating my own ebook apps. I wish I could learn about all new technology in such a pleasant way.
"This four-week course gets five stars not only for the information it contains, but also for the level of empowerment it provides. I signed-up not knowing a thing about book apps, and in a month's time I am using them at work and collaborating with a library colleague to create a book app of our own for use in story times. The topic is timely, relevant and fun! I couldn't ask for more."
"Taking this training has been a great approach to new tools that I was not aware of. Videos, articles and active practice made my first experience rich, interesting and no doubt memorable. I feel inspire to continue exploring more useful and dynamic apps to be used in my library."
"I shared some of the interactive book apps with teachers of blind and low vision students. Each of the teachers have asked for more information on the app so they could use them with their.students. The possibilities to engage students who are visually impaired is very exciting. I look forward to continuing to learn how I can get children to use and create their own apps."
"Wonderful. Just a wonderful introduction to Books as iPads in terms of what is currently available and examples of the ideas that are moving this format along as we span the paper/electronic options. Nicole is very knowledgeable and her style of instruction is approachable and fun."
"Freshmen at the HCT have all their textbooks on their iPads. Faculty teaching Foundations Classes went wild when my colleague and I announced that we will be offering a workshop using the SAMR model and book apps knowledge acquired from Nicole's class to help them fine tune the use of technology in their classrooms."
"A must for anyone using iPads, or planning on introducing them in the future! As a Children's Librarian I was most interested in Week 3, which focused on apps for children. I enjoyed all of the videos and articles, appreciating the varied aspects of the app world! The reading materials offered terminology and ideas that I can use to explain the relevance of continuing to include iPad use in the library and with programs for patrons of all ages. The shared reviews were wonderful! Nicole offer so much info in 4 short weeks! I have saved a lot to look over when I have more time, and I look forward to sharing with my staff."