The LEO Book tool allows you to create a multi-page learning resource in a well-structured and familiar book-like format. Books are a flexible yet simple way to present learning material for your unit. In addition to text, Books can contain a variety of additional resources including images, hyperlinks and embedded media (e.g. video and podcasts).
The Book tool is not suitable for the purposes of assessing students. However the Book tool is useful for providing additional context to your students around their assessment tasks. Rather than cluttering up the 'Description' section of your Assignment activity for example, you can make additional resources and information available to the students who wish to make use of it.
For example, you could create a Book within LEO with pages containing:
embedded video clips
links to other websites
citations for additional readings or academic papers
an embedded Twitter feed
an embedded RSS feed
embedded sound files
Additionally, more advanced users can use the HTML editor function. You don't need to know HTML to edit a Book, however if you do, you can make the chapters within your Book look and behave the same as any other webpage!
To edit the HTML for the chapters in your Book, click on the HTML icon while in the editing screen.
The Book tool affords students a ‘seamless’ learning experience, meaning that a wide range of learning materials can be neatly curated and contained in the one location. This avoids presenting unit content as merely a list of resources, activities and links directly on the unit home page or Module block. Books can contain a wide variety of resources including:
Hyperlinks to other LEO resources or activities such as discussions or quizzes
Hyperlinks to external web sites
Embedded media such as video and podcasts.
The sequence of learning materials and content is clear to students. Books are easy to create, modify and update, and Books can be printed entirely or in parts.
The Book tool can be used:
to present a set of resources (text content, video, audio) for a unit module or a specific topic
to support flipped and blended learning teaching by presenting all learning materials for a particular module/week/lesson in a concise, coherent format
to make lecture notes available on a weekly basis
to provide an orientation to the unit or to communicate important practical information relating to learning and teaching in the unit
Cultivating Nurturing Learning e-scapes: A Food Forest Analogy
In the conceptual paper 'Cultivating Nurturing Learning e-scapes: A Food Forest Analogy' Kaminski discusses the implementation of a "diverse technological landscape within a blended post-baccalaureate nursing program (BSN-PB) in Western Canada" (2014, 1). The metaphor of a food forest garden is employed to describe how all of the layers of educational technology contribute to the rich 'learning e-scape'. The Book tool is identified as being part of the 'canopy layer' of the 'ecosystem' of technologies. The Books function to provide an overview of the topics and learning outcomes for each week, and are divided into three main themes: "Preparing", "Engaging", and "Reflecting". The books outline the required readings, and are embedded with videos to watch and online resources to access (2014, 4).
The Book activity is seen as making a valuable contribution within the learning ecosystem for the students of this nursing program.