Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video The digital textbook, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] Introducing your students to a digital textbook is a great way to help them become more digitally savvy, and digital textbooks are simply an evolution of paper textbooks, which means that they have the same features, along with many more. In this video, we're gonna explore how to use Lynda.com as a digital textbook, and we're gonna look at the website features that help your students successfully gain knowledge, as well as how the digital textbook is a natural differentiator for various learning styles. This is a great movie to have your students watch, or just use the information presented in this movie to help prepare your students for success, as they use Lynda.com in your course.
The first thing I'd like to point out are the similarites between a digital textbook, and a paper-based textbook. When you think about the paper-based textbook, it's a collection of ideas that are formed into chapters, and those chapters have a logical procession. The exact same thing happens with a Lynda.com course. As we're working with our expert authors to plan out our course, we use a backwards planning method. Essentially, we create an over-arching learning goal for the entire course. We break that down into chapters, and then each chapter is made up of supporting learning objectives. Each one of these movies centers around a single learning objective, because of that, moving through a Lynda.com course is very similar to moving through a textbook, where the ideas build upon each other, from Chapter One to Chapter Two, all the way to the end of the book.
Now, one of the challenges to a digital textbook versus a paper-based book, is if you want to highlighted or annotate text, that's a little bit harder on a computer screen, because of this, Lynda.com has added the notebook, and the notebook is an opportunity for students to add annotations directly inside of the course that they're watching. For example, if I come down here to the transcript, and I find an idea that I want to remind myself about later, I can simply click on the link in the transcript, and let the movie jump to that spot. - [Video Speaker] You just.. - [Voiceover] I'm then gonna come up, and I'm gonna click in my Notebook tab, next to Contents.
Here, I can write down a note, such as review external factors, and I'm gonna hit the enter key. Now, in a paper-based book, if you write in the margins, you have to flip to that exact page in order to see what it is that you've written. This is a little bit of a backwards process, using a digital textbook, and it makes it a much better learning tool. Here, I can see that my note has been added, review external factors, to a list of notes that I'm taking. My notes are categorized the same way that the course is categorized. So here, under Chapter One, which is Understanding Failure, I can see my notes, and my notes have an icon with a timestamp, and the timestamp tells me what movie I was in.
I can then look at all of my notes together, and if I want to go back to review a particular note, all I have to do is click on its icon, and the video will jump to that particular section, and start playing. - Earlier, I mentioned... - [Voiceover] Not only are students able to see all of their notes in one place, still in reference to the sections of the learning that they took notes about, they can also export these notes to a variety of formats, including things like Evernote, and Google docs. In addition to being a great textbook, in terms of finding content, and taking notes, and annotating that content, Lynda.com is a natural differentiator for various learning styles.
The truth is that we have a lot of different students in our class today. We may have English language learners, we may have students that have difficulty reading. Using Lynda.com can help provide a lot of scaffolding, or resources for these particular students. For example, not only is Lynda.com very visual because you're watching a video, you can also turn on close captions, so students can read, or follow along with what it is that they're watching. This is also a way for students to consume Lynda.com material in a way that makes sense to them, such as on their commute to class. Besides close captions, for our visual learners, we can also scroll down the page, and utilize the transcript.
Now, the transcript is just a written out version of everything that's being said, but it's so much more than that, because it's also interactive. Not only will there be a yellow highlight that shows me exactly what the author's saying as we move throughout our course, all of these expressions are actually clickable links, and if I simply click on one, it'll jump me to that part of the course, and start playing. Now, because I've scrolled in the transcript, it's actually turned off the auto-scroll feature, which will automatically advance the transcript as the course moves forward. I can turn this back on, simply by clicking resume transcript auto-scroll at the bottom of the page.
The final thing I like to mention about digital textbooks has to do with the content itself. When require our students to buy a paper-based textbook, only the ideas that are presented by that group of authors, or that particular publishing house, are available to them. Using something like Lynda.com opens up, not only content that you want them to view for their course, but all of the content in the Lynda.com library, and that can have a dramatic impact on students. For example, Lynda.com recently launched a course called Job Hunting for College Grads. In addition to being able to have access to the course material for your particular class, students can also have access to this kind of content, where they can start thinking about their academic journey, and the bigger picture of, how is this going to help me get a job? So, not only will you be introducing them to a great way to learn in your course, you'll be opening them up to new ideas that may impact them for the rest of their lives.
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