As a self-proclaimed digital nomad, Ken is working on the development of the textbook and courseware material: in coffee shops and our home office. Using software apps from TechSmith and Adobe combined with Macs, BeyerDynamic audio, Dropbox document sharing, Wacom tablets, and Logitech (Blue Designs) devices has made all of this possible.
An outline is created, a draft document is formed and a grammar checked. The draft document text was edited and artwork created. Using the outline as a guide, the content was placed into the final textbook layout.
Manuscripts can be designed for configuration of the following:
InDesign CC is a perfect tool to use a combination of text variables, layers, and something called “conditional text.” A manuscript can be configured for students or with additional material specifically for instructors.
As each chapter is focused on a specific topic (like ‶Measuring Individual Performance″), incorporate the voiceover script into the outline. Create the presentation slide show for the instructor to present in class. Record the presentation using the voiceover script and add quizzes for student self-study. This is what blended learning is all about.
Courseware textbooks provide the core material for classroom study but there is no reason that you couldn’t learn alone. It just happens that a combination of self-paced study and classroom interaction offers tremendous benefits. By following the above steps with some creative planning can produce a book that can be available in print, PDF, and Kindle (EPUB).
The above summary is just the tip of the iceberg. Click below to view the actual document that summarizes the details on how the blended courseware was created:
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