Monday, March 21
1:30 PM-5:00 PM

W8: iWhat? How to use iBooks Author to Create an eBook as a Classroom Assignment

Workshop ID: 48377
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    Sherleena Buchman
    Ohio University
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    Mark Riley
    Ohio University
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    Alexander Murray
    Ohio University

Abstract: Bring eBook pages to life like never before with iBooks Author. iBooks Author is a free application for Mac that allows you to integrate text, photos, slideshows, diagrams, videos, and audio into your own interactive, multi-touch eBooks that can be viewed on the iPad using the iBooks app. The means to create and publish your own eBook is finally here! With its drag-and-drop interface and free design templates, anyone can create an interactive eBook with iBooks Author. This session will show participants around the basics of iBooks Author like adding photos and videos, inserting text, creating new chapters, previewing your project on an iPad, and publishing your final product to the iBookstore for purchase or free download. Participants in this session will get the opportunity to see the entire eBook creation process on screen. Whatever your project, from a college textbook to a Middle School newspaper, this session will help you make the most of what iBooks Author has to offer.


After this session, participants will be able to: Create and publish their first interactive eBook using iBooks Author. Develop content and materials intended for a multi-touch eBook on the iPad. Identify strategies for using iBooks Author in teaching and learning.

Topical Outline

Part 1: Introduction to interactive books and iBooks Author. Demonstration of iBooks created by presenters. Participants will be placed in pairs or small groups of 3-4. Determining the audience (Healthcare workers, Instructional Designers, students, etc.). Determining the purpose (eg. Teaching, leisure, etc.) . Part 2: Planning/Exploring: develop top 3 to 5 ideas to be included in the iBook from the documents brought by the participants. Searching for photos, videos, etc. without breeching copyright. Using a shared document (we will use Google Docs) to collaborate with the others on the team. Part 3: What are widgets? Let’s take a look. Building widgets to support the iBook topic Part 4: Building the iBook with iBooks author. How can I use an iBook with my students? Part 5: Publishing your eBook to the iBookstore


Download iBooks Author on your Mac prior to the workshop. Register for a free account at prior to workshop. Create a gmail account for use of Google documents. Bring a paper or literature review to create your own iBook.

Experience Level



Sherleena Buchman Bio: Sherleena Buchman is an Assistant Professor for the College of Health Sciences and Professions in the School of Nursing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has been using iBooks author for three years in a classroom assignment with senior level baccalaureate nursing students. Sherleena has assisted in the creation of over seventy eBooks. Several of the nursing students have successfully published eBooks into the iBookstore for download. Sherleena holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Rio Grande and a Masters of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Phoenix online. Sherleena is a PhD candidate in the Instructional Technology program at the Patton College of Education at Ohio University. Mark Riley Bio: Mark Riley is Technology Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Mark is a Technology Trainer, Instructional Designer, as well as an expert Computer Technician who helps faculty integrate more technology into their classroom. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and he is currently working on his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. Mark is currently leading the College’s vision to integrate more iPads into teaching and learning. Alexander Murray Bio: Alexander Murray is an Instructional designer at a midsize banking institution in Ohio. Mark also teaches multiple technology related topics as an adjunct instruct at both the University and Community College level. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and a Masters degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University. Alex is currently a PhD candidate in the Instructional Technology program at Ohio University.


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