Potential of EPUB3 for Digital Textbooks in Higher Education

Martin Ebner, Christian Gailer, Mohammad Khalil, Michael Kopp, Elke Lackner, Michael Raunig

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The e-book market is currently in a strong upswing. This research study deals with the question which practical uses the e-book format EPUB3 offers for (higher) education. By means of a didactic content analysis, a range of interactive exercise types were developed as a result of conversations with teachers. For this purpose, a didactic and technical concept has been developed. Different kinds of exercises were prototypically implemented in an e-book. Finally, a brief overview reflects the present state of the current e-book readers. A subsequent discussion illuminates the strengths and weaknesses of the format. In summary , it can be remarked that EPUB3 is suitable for a variety of different exercises and that it is able to serve as a basic format for forthcoming digital textbooks. Furthermore the openness of EPUB3 will assist Open Learning and Teaching in a meaningful way.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
EventSmart Learning Conference - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 Mar 20169 Mar 2016


ConferenceSmart Learning Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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