Since long ago, printed textbooks have been the centerpiece of students’ education and learning. They have been the primary reference source for pre-reading, learning, and reviewing educational content.
Moreover, with the advance in educational sciences and Pedagogy on the one hand, and the emergence of various technologies, especially the rapidly increasing speed of Software and Computer sciences on the other hand, Teaching and educational techniques, as well as the role of printed books, have gradually changed.
Teaching methods based on the behaviorism theory and passing down knowledge to the learner gave way to new teaching-learning methods based on cognitive psychology. Active, student-centered approaches replaced the passive, teacher-centered ones. The torch was passed down to the students to manage their learning progress as they saw fit. In addition, the development of technology and educational software helped facilitate this transformation and provided conditions that enabled personalization in education.
Students can access many resources besides their leading textbooks, including texts, videos, images, questions, and interactive files in the digital world. In addition, the Internet, as well as various search engines, content banks, and numerous applications provided on different devices, have made access easier than ever. Therefore, the students do not only learn from the teacher in the classroom environment but can also learn anywhere, at any time, and in any way they desire.
Furthermore, plenty of social media networks have tried to provide a virtual interactive environment where students can exchange their questions and information with their classmates and teachers and where they can get the answer to all their needs.
Now consider a student who wants to review and learn based on their written textbook. With a few searches, they can find suitable videos in which other teachers have taught the same subject or exciting videos that express and explain similar concepts better. On some educational sites, they can also access sample questions for more practice, exams, or even virtual labs. Of course, they may need to pay for some of the content to be able to use and have full access. These searches are time-consuming; after all, the students may need help finding what they are looking for or may be overwhelmed by the myriad of sites suggested by the search engines.
The development of digital book technology, especially eBooks that use an epub3 format, has made it possible to respond to the learner’s every need. Everything provided within a modern digital book is created with an educationally suitable design. The students can watch an appropriate selection of videos alongside their textbook content. If needed, they can virtually experience an experiment from start to end; develop a deeper understanding of concepts by engaging with interactive files; respond to questions and receive feedback simultaneously; access the correct answers with a complete video explanation, or even listen to related audio files. Last, learners can easily self-evaluate to assess their understanding of the topic. Also, they can observe their progress by inspecting the analysis report of their performance throughout the exams and while responding to questions.
Since the extent of content provided is limitless, learners can choose amongst multiple activities, exercises, videos, and evaluations freely and easily—all these and much more. Innumerous advantages are offered to learners – all within a single modern digitally enriched eBook.