Online Learning Update

June 25, 2011

Learning Online: Reinventing the College Textbook

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:40 am

By Bridget McCrea, Campus Technology

Determined to make introductory college science courses more manageable for students, two professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, are developing a digital textbook based on the free, open-source learning management system Moodle. Jed Macosko, an associated professor of physics, and A. Daniel Johnson, a senior biology lecturer, are using a $249,348 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges to develop BioBook–which they said they believe will be the precursor for the next generation of digital textbooks. Campus Technology spoke with Macosko to find out what progress has been made so far on BioBook, the challenges they’ve faced in developing it, and how students are reacting to it. Here’s what he had to say:

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