Electronic Book Operating System (eBOS)

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Issa Batarseh, Ph.D.
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Andrea Adkins
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For a dynamic learning experience

Electronic books have become increasingly popular, primarily in hardware applications such as the Nook and Kindle. However, text is static and detached from user engagement which limits the dynamic learning potential of instructional books. Interactivity with the instructional material is important for improved comprehension for students especially in science, engineering, and other technical fields. UCF researchers have developed an interactive Electronic Book Operating System (eBOS) to display and customize technical learning content in an eBook platform for scientific, engineering, and other technical professions.

Advantages

The eBOS not only looks and functions like a printed book through flipped pages, bookmarks, highlighting, and notes, it can bring images, symbolic equations, and other instructional elements to life. Material can be adapted based on difficulty levels and solution methods, and learning statics are tracked. Modules are included to improve the teacher-student interaction and learning process. These modules include QuizMe, TutorMe, LectureMe, ShowMeDesign, and Practical Relevance. It is hardware independent, cross platform capable, and offers a flexible operating system for the “technical book of the future” in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This user-friendly, student-instructor learning environment simplifies technical concepts by solving an infinite number of problem variations to even complex equations, and inviting engineering, science, and other technical students and professionals to design complex systems and models.

Technical Details

Once print or digital books have been converted to the innovative eBOS, users can actively engage with the material they are reading for a more dynamic learning experience. This new interactive reading experience is well suited as an educational tool for science and engineering students, as well as professionals. EBooks can be built in the form of apps to run on tablet computers and smart phones using mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android.

Benefits

  • Highly interactive and dynamically engaging
  • Hardware independent and cross platform capable
  • Reader can navigate ebook with similar ease to printed book
  • Easily interface with new learning elements through interactive java applets

Applications

  • Science, technology, engineering, mathematics


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