ERIC Number: EJ1073318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
A Constructivist Approach to E-Text Design for Use in Undergraduate Physiology Courses
Rhodes, Ashley E.; Rozell, Timothy G.
Advances in Physiology Education, v39 n3 p172-180 Sep 2015
Electronic textbooks, or e-texts, will have an increasingly important role in college science courses within the next few years due to the rising costs of traditional texts and the increasing availability of software allowing instructors to create their own e-text. However, few guidelines exist in the literature to aid instructors in the development and design specifically of e-texts using sound learning theories; this is especially true for undergraduate physiology e-texts. In this article, we describe why constructivism is a very important educational theory for e-text design and how it may be applied in e-text development by instructors. We also provide examples of two undergraduate physiology e-texts that were designed in accordance with this educational theory but for learners of quite different backgrounds and prior knowledge levels.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Undergraduate Study, Physiology, Electronic Publishing, Textbooks, College Science, Textbook Preparation, Design, Textbook Content
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