How to Use and Customize Free Interactive Ebooks
Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 10:45AM - 12:15PM
The Runestone Interactive website contains more than ten free interactive ebooks that can be used in introductory computer science and web development courses. Several of these ebooks have been designed to improve learning based on research from educational psychology, such as worked examples with interleaved practice problems. Instructors can create a custom course from one of the existing ebooks and have their students register for that custom course. Instructors can then use an instructor dashboard to track how their students are doing, create assignments from the existing material in the ebooks, and author new material. The ebooks allow learners to execute and modify Python and/or Java code in a browser window, step through code execution in a visualizer, and receive immediate feedback from practice questions. The ebooks contain several types of practice questions including multiple-choice questions, fill in the blank questions, clickable code questions, mixed up code questions, and write code questions. In an early study with the “How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Interactive Edition” ebook, the majority of the undergraduate students (61%) wanted to use another ebook like that one in their future courses. This workshop will give the attendees a hands-on introduction to the interactive features of the ebooks, help them create at least one custom course from an existing ebook, and introduce them to the instructor interface.
Workshop Organizer/ Moderator:
Barbara J. Ericson, Georgia Tech