Designing an Effective Interactive E-book for Computer Science Education
Moore, Steven James
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There’s a need to develop more computer science teachers around the world. As massive open online courses have been failing, an interactive e-book used for distance learning might fulfill this need. This research seeks to determine what makes for good usability in a computer science e-book and measuring if teachers learn using them. The study investigates participants’ preferences for interactive computer science e-book designs and usability, in an attempt to review and develop guidelines for educational e-book creation. Comparisons and preferences were made between three interactive educational computer science e-books and specific multimedia widgets within them. Based on the reported findings, some general guidelines were suggested for increasing usability within interactive e-books and ways to enhance their educational value. The results of the study suggest that interactive educational e-books are an effective alternative to current distance learning methods for teaching computer science.