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Tuesday, April 24 • 12:00 - 12:25
Open academic e-textbooks for STEM - lesson learnt

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In this presentation authors will draw a reflective picture from 4 years of development open academic e-textbooks for STEM subjects at AGH University of Science and Technology. Focusing on the numbers - 14 e-textbooks built from 500 modules, 12 K users monthly, 806 users daily, gives some insight into the impact on academic community. However, four-year span of the project’s development and maintenance have required to redefine some of the primary assumptions.. In order to receive feedback from the users a short survey among academics and students will be carried out, to learnt on the use and prospects of the service. The main findings will be discussed in the presentation.

The authors will describe selected challenges with the focus on a technology, usability and openness and will explain the rationale behind each corresponding area. Firstly, the modular structure of the e-textbooks will be outlined to reflect technical effectiveness and usability of the platform. Secondly, the consequences of the 7 different formats will be discussed. Thirdly, the internal rules for writing the e-textbooks (grammar of the content) will be presented. Finally, the general attitudes of the academic teachers to the content development will be discussed.

The authors will share AGH UST’s findings and reflection upon testing how students and academic use e-textbook project and to which level primary assumptions met the actual needs of the users.


Karolina Grodecka

AGH University of Science and Technology

Jan Kusiak

AGH University of Science and Technology

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00 - 12:25 CEST
Classroom 1