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Towards Making EPUB 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment

by Hajar Ghaem Sigarchian, Ben De Meester, Tom De Nies, Ruben Verborgh, Frank Salliau, Wesley De Neve, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle

In this paper, we empirically investigate to what extent an EPUB 3-based e-TextBook can be used to facilitate a "first-class" mobile learning environment. To that end, we created an EPUB 3-based prototype e-TextBook that has been enhanced in terms of both its presentation and representation, meeting requirements that are typically ascribed by the literature to mobile learning environments. Specifically, we integrated three interactive widgets into our e-TextBook that are able to (1) exchange information with each other (inter-widget communication) and (2) that are able to semi-automatically create new content (that is, that are able to act as semi-automatic content providers): a report maker widget, a sine formula widget, and a corresponding interactive graph maker widget. In addition, we integrated different types of learning objects into our e-TextBook, including multimedia objects, objects with augmented reality features (i.e., digital objects that allow for interaction with physical objects), and objects that offer contextualized content. Both the widgets and the learning objects can be used within a unified learning environment. Furthermore, we semantically annotated the learning content in order to improve its discoverability.

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Published in 2015 in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning.

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@inproceedings{ghaem_sigarchian_icel_2015,
  author = {Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Salliau, Frank and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {Towards Making {EPUB} 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment},
  year = 2015,
  month = jun,
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning},
  editor = {Watson, Carlton},
  series = {Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning},
  pages = {270--278},
  publisher = {Springer},
}

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H. Ghaem Sigarchian, B. De Meester, T. De Nies, R. Verborgh, F. Salliau, W. De Neve, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle, “Towards Making EPUB 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment,” in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning, 2015, pp. 270–278.
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Hajar Ghaem Sigarchian et al. 2015. Towards Making EPUB 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment. In Carlton Watson, ed. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning. Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning. Springer, 270–278.
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Ghaem Sigarchian, H., De Meester, B., De Nies, T., Verborgh, R., Salliau, F., De Neve, W., Mannens, E., Van de Walle, R.: Towards Making EPUB 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment. In: Watson, C. (ed.) Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning. pp. 270–278. Springer (2015).
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Ghaem Sigarchian, H., De Meester, B., De Nies, T., Verborgh, R., Salliau, F., De Neve, W., … Van de Walle, R. (2015). Towards Making EPUB 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment. In C. Watson (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning (pp. 270–278). Springer.
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Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar et al. “Towards Making EPUB 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment.” Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning. Ed. Carlton Watson. Springer, 2015. 270–278. Print. Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning.

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