Interactive Digital Textbook Development Methodology for Higher Education

Kwang Sik Chung, Hye Won Byun, Sungsuk Kim, Heon Chang Yu


As multimedia based distance learning and sensor-based ICT services gets popular and developed, students need unified learning environments that can provide one-stop learning contents access service with mobile devices. On the one-stop learning environments, students can access learning multimedia, digitized textbook, Q&A, references, and virtual experiment learning contents with only one educational device. The virtual experiment learning contents with frequent interaction between students and learning contents are increasingly desired by the learners. Thus, methodology for digital textbook development with virtual experiment learning interactions should be standardized and developed. This study is on the desirable development plan of digital textbook under the virtual experiment e-learning contents and textbooks for the distance educational circumstance. The objective of this study is to propose virtual experiment digital textbook development methodology to develop the digital textbook which unifies on virtual experiments learning contents, assessment Q&A, small-size examinations, printed educational materials (etc. textbook) and cutting-edge multimedia learning contents simultaneously, and activates various virtual experiment learning interactions of students. . For this reason, we have developed the specialized methodology by analysing the KNOU (Korea National Open University) digital textbook development methodology and e-learning contents for experiment subjects (chemistry, nursery, agricultures, etc.). Proposed digital textbook development methodology has been designed to provide an interactive learning environment that stimulates students to focus on learning environments such as simulation multimedia contents, lecture notes, digitized textbook, virtual experiments contents and assessment Q&A. In addition, in accordance with the proposed digital textbook development methodology, we have developed digital textbook application of the chemistry subject for the freshman and survey the students’ feasibility of the digital textbook application.


Digital textbook; Virtual Experiments; Learning Contents Design; Learning Interactions Design

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