An Interactive Textbook for Introductory Engineering Design

Jeffrey Donnell, William Singhose, Arto Kivila

Abstract

Touchscreen computers hold great promise as educational tools. Many universities, high schools and elementary schools are working to create curricula that exploit these devices. An important part of this work is the development of textbooks that move away from the static display of words and figures to include interactive components such as videos and interactive simulations. We present such an interactive textbook, developed for an undergraduate course in mechanical engineering. We describe the course for which it was developed and the interactive components of the book. Student evaluations of the textbook are presented and discussed. Finally, we offer suggestions for additional steps that can improve interactive textbooks for use on tablet computers.

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in Harvard Style

Donnell J., Singhose W. and Kivila A. (2014). An Interactive Textbook for Introductory Engineering Design . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-020-8, pages 174-181. DOI: 10.5220/0004763601740181


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu14,
author={Jeffrey Donnell and William Singhose and Arto Kivila},
title={An Interactive Textbook for Introductory Engineering Design},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2014},
pages={174-181},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004763601740181},
isbn={978-989-758-020-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - An Interactive Textbook for Introductory Engineering Design
SN - 978-989-758-020-8
AU - Donnell J.
AU - Singhose W.
AU - Kivila A.
PY - 2014
SP - 174
EP - 181
DO - 10.5220/0004763601740181