Andy Beggan presented this paper from the University of Nottingham, which described OpenNottingham’s adventures in eBooks. The work came out of the PARiS project, which created 10 x 10 credit modules with 5 converted to eBooks.
Most of the staff involved had never worked with OER before. Existing third party OER was reused wherever possible.
The focus groups were very positive about the work, and staff and students changed their practice as a result.
The team used iBookAuthor to lay out the content. The publishing process was straightforward, as was licensing the work. The eBooks themselves are fairly slick and of a high standard aesthetically, and available both in the Apple store and as ePubs.
As far as eBooks are concerned there was a range of student views on their usefulness. 5 eBooks were released as free downloads, cc licensed images were sued to deliver enhanced presentations and ePub and other formats versions were created to ensure availability across platforms and distributors.
Conversion to ePub had widened access to OERs. iBooks most popular downloaded format. Comparative focus groups will yield more data. Next steps – NOOCs via Moodle, which will give a better understanding of the usage of the eBooks.