A hierarchical model for developing e-textbook to transform teaching and learning

Ping Man Samuel Choi (Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Sze Sing Lam (Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 18 June 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline a hierarchical model for developing essential e-textbook functionality and to offer important insight for e-textbook designers.

Design/methodology/approach

Guided by the SAMR model, five hierarchical functional layers are proposed in the development process for e-textbook to enable more effective and efficient teaching and learning.

Findings

Moving up from the substitution to transformation level, each layer extends the functionality of the underlying layers to unveil new features that support the learning processes and gradually transform e-textbooks from a self-directed informal learning tool to become a formal learning platform.

Originality/value

The hierarchical model provides e-textbook designers and developers with a guideline on how to surpass the present state of e-textbooks and offer additional value-added features for learners. The required technologies for each layer are also discussed.

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Citation

Choi, P. and Lam, S. (2018), "A hierarchical model for developing e-textbook to transform teaching and learning", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 92-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-12-2017-0063

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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