Instructor: Nicole Hennig, Independent User Experience Professional
(previously Head of User Experience for the MIT Libraries)
This 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.
- Susan Hansen, Branch Manager, West Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT
$50 - Work at your own pace. Ongoing access, no deadlines.
The future of reading is here and interactive books are enabling learning.
iPads are everywhere and there are many innovative new books that are being published as apps, taking advantage of the multi-touch interface and multimedia capabilities of the iPad.
In this course, you'll become familiar with specific book apps in several categories, and learn how these apps are enabling learning and creativity.
We will NOT be discussing plain text titles available on the Kindle or iBooks & other platforms. Instead we'll focus on multimedia books that are released as individual apps, such as London: A City Through Time.
Each week you'll watch video demos of particular apps, and discuss our course readings in the class forum. You may also write your own reviews of particular book apps and contribute those to our course site for discussion with your colleagues.
- week 1: introduction and definitions. a new reading/learning experience
- week 2: fiction & nonfiction titles: science, history, art/architecture, photography, cooking
- week 3: children's books and graphic novels (all ages)
- week 4: innovation and user experience trends, service ideas for libraries, keeping up, further resources
We'll have provocative discussions about the future of the book.
- What do these changes mean for readers, libraries, and publishers?
- What are the qualities of a delightful reading experience and what should we as librarians be advocating for?
Librarians have an opportunity to be resources for their communities when it comes to recommending apps and designing programs and services around apps.
See the course resource guide for a list of book apps, blogs, and publishers to watch.
This course is for you if...
- You're curious about book apps, and you read articles about them, but haven't had the time to sit down and try the ones you're interested in.
- You're not sure how apps might enable learning and you're worried about the lack of access to information for all, with a possible widening of the digital divide.
- You feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps that exist and wonder how to find the best ones, especially for educational use.
- You just got an iPad or other mobile device and you're being asked to support the use of iPads in your organization.
- You want ideas and inspiration for ways you can lead your community in creative uses of apps.
- You are responsible for designing innovative programming in your library.
This course is appropriate for librarians from all types of libraries, especially school, public, and academic libraries.
By the end of the course you will...
- have a better understanding of this new format and the characteristics that make for a quality reading experience.
- have knowledge of where to look for reviews of book apps and what to include when writing your own reviews.
- be familiar with some of the best books apps currently available and understand what makes them the best.
- be inspired with ideas for creative programs and services that you can offer in your library related to book apps.
Here's what's included:
- more than 25 video demos of interactive book apps
- over 20 readings about innovation in interactive books
- the opportunity to discuss these topics with your colleagues
- guidelines for how to write reviews of interactive book apps
- a resource guide with links to videos, readings, and publishers to watch
What You'll Need
To participate, you'll need an iPad or iPad mini. Plan to spend a total of between $20 and $40 for apps. You should already be familiar with using your iPad and purchasing apps. Most of the innovative titles we're looking at are being published on Apple's platform, so that's why we're using their devices. Some of these titles also work on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but for the best experience an iPad is recommended.
This was a great class, so easy to navigate and take on my own time frame but with deadlines so I didn't procrastinate forever. The articles were spot on and well chosen. Including a hands on component as well as a create ideas activity which made it a very useful and productive class that I can take back and share with my fellow librarians and administrators.
- Trish Hull, Manager, Magna Library at Salt Lake County Library Services, Magna, UT
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.
- Maida Tilchen, Instructional Designer, Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA
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. Reluctant readers have many different abilities.
- Stella Cone, Director of Georgia Library for Accessible Services, Georgia Public Library Service
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.
- Lydia Patrick, Technology Division Manager for Loudoun County Public Library, Reston, Virginia
Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, teaching & inspiring educators and librarians about apps, ebooks, ereading, and mobile technologies. She was head of user experience for the MIT Libraries from 2010-2012, and web manager and usability specialist for the MIT Libraries from 1999-2010.
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