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Ebook Mooc

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EBooks MOOC 2014 Electronic Village Online offered a course on ebooks at the beginning of the year where many teachers had the opportunity to learn about ebooks, ibooks and all kinds of electronic book writing. The seminar had about 500 people taking part. The great collaborative

MOOC was a unique experience, teachers around the globe exchanged ideas, links and tips. Experts were invited to talk about their work and moderators were extremely helpful. It would be impossible to name all people who took part or even give an account on all kinds of software recommended during the five weeks work. My aim is just to make a short summary of the Mooc´s highlights. We had many moderators who work in different fields, I specially liked the work of Shelly Terrel and André Spang. Shelly covered almost all hangouts on air and Andrè gave us a very nice insight on how to use tools at school and write ebooks with students. Here the main questions in order of importance:

  1.  The first question was: "Why should we bother writing ebooks?"  Everybody had a different idea, but we all agreed that it was a good way for our students to learn. It is the chance to tailor our own materials for individual classes.
  2.  The second question was: "How should my ebook be?" That question was easier to answer. Most teachers agreed that our ebooks should be interactive, have a chapter students can develop themselves, be colourful, simple, engaging, fun and clear.
  3.  The third question was what kind of licence do I want to use? And that was a real challenge. There are many licences ranging from copyright to creative commons share alike etc. You should know very well what all that means before publishing a book or using teaching materials from other authors. 

The course had several groups, they were divided according to what kind of ebook  teachers wanted to write and what age their students were. Inside the groups were little groups writing one ebook chapter together, the subjects dealt with were from football to physics. Every group was invited to give feedback and tips to others, that was one of the most important parts of the MOOC.Some tips on writing ebooks including software:

  1. How to write an ebook Webdesigner  blog
  2. Lindsay Clanfield, one of our moderators, wrote a book on ebooks.
  3. How to create and publish ebooks by Learnoutlive 

In the end, chapter 1 of all ebooks look very professional. And for all those people who were too busy and couldn't finish their ebook chapter within five weeks, there is still the chance to finish all book chapters during the year and see what experts say in 2015. I may see you there!


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