Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2014, Vol. 2014 ›› Issue (2): 127-136.

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Standardising future formats of digital textbooks: A framework for mapping international stakeholders’ positions and context

T. HOEL1, YUAN Li 2, P. BAKER3   

  1. 1. Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, N-0614, Norway;
    2. Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards, Bolton University, Bolton, BL3 5AB, United Kingdom;
    3. Cetis, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh , EH14 1AS, United Kingdom
  • Received:2013-10-01 Revised:2013-12-01 Online:2014-03-25 Published:2014-06-04

Abstract: The technical foundation under digital textbooks is still shaky as the exchange format is still being developed while new e-Textbooks are brought to the market and being tested. This paper constructs a framework to help conversations about the requirements and development of an e-Textbook format to support learning, education and training. The development will go through idea, specification and implementation stages, and the framework details factors in the standards development settings and in the implementation settings. A model for a constructive discourse about future e-Textbook formats is developed based on an evaluation framework of the value of e-Textbook and an e-Textbook lifecycle model.

Key words: digital textbooks, e-Textbooks, e-Textbook life cycle, e-Textbook implementation, e-Textbook standards, EPUB

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