Enhanced eBooks: Bold New Frontier or Barren Wasteland?


  • Kelly Vallandingham University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


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This presentation will cover what makes an eBook "enhanced" and the challenges of producing and selling this type of eBook. Tools for creating and disseminating an enhanced eBook will be reviewed. Like any learning object, the enhanced eBook has its supporters and detractors, and the decision to use one as a learning tool should be thought through. Considerations for using this type of eBook in the online learning environment will be covered with recommendations for preparing faculty for what can actually be accomplished. This type of eBook has its own set of issues and research that suggests it can actually detract from learning. However, in certain areas of education, the enhanced eBook resolves issues related to demonstration of techniques that make it a highly valuable tool.

Author Biography

Kelly Vallandingham, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Kelly Vallandingham has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine for ten years working for various departments in multiple roles including project management, education consulting, online education development and review, undergraduate course development, course delivery, faculty technology support, technology advising, event coordination and management, employee retention and training, marketing and community relations. Kelly currently supports various VPM eLearning initiatives and advises faculty on the technical resources and best practices for online delivery, including objective-oriented planning, selection and use of learning management systems, tools for technology-enhanced learning, and education technology innovations. Prior to coming to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kelly spent ten years in Information Technology as a Manager of Support Services for a large technology company and began her career as an attorney in the state of North Carolina where she practiced for ten years.