Going Paperless: Using eBooks in Faculty Development Workshops
Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM-3:15 PM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 4
Abstract: Due to the high-rate of iPad deployment with the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine (DFM), the DFM Faculty Development team identified the Essential Teaching Skills (ETS) program as an opportunity to replace the paper-based participant guides with eBook and PDF participant guides that provide appealing content to support workshop delivery. With Apple iBooks Author software, the creation of participant guides in both eBook and PDF formats can be achieved with less effort as compared to traditional paper-based participant guides. The challenges that had to be overcome in this project related to: (1) file size of the eBook for iPad due to video content, (2) eBook distribution, (3) Apple introducing a new version of iBooks and iBooks Author two days before deployment, and (4) physician training on how to use the iBooks app. Initial reaction to the eBook has been highly favourable. The eBook supports a shift to more economical, interactive teaching materials.