Part 2: Fall 2015 Labs

20 eText with Colin Connors — 10.09.2015

Collin-ConnorsIn the Active Teaching Lab on October 9, 2015, Colin Connors in Scandinavian Studies shared how he created an eText called eSaga. He told us the process he used, the reactions he got from students, the lessons he learned, and what he would do if he tried this again (hint: he will!).

Key Takeaways

  • Be prepared to spend a lot of time on the goals and design of the eText, before moving to creation and use of technology.
  • Start with a small paper/project before you move to a full book. Work out kinks in simpler projects.
  • eText technology is evolving in terms of accessibility and capabilities, so balance choice based on what you need and what reaches the most students. Expect maintenance.
  • Base your decisions about your eText on the learning challenges students face.


If you’re interested in learning more to get up and running with eTexts, watch the videos below and try stepping through the eText worksheet we created for the session! You can also find Colin’s eSaga iBook here.

The Active Teaching Lab, a Faculty Engagement program, provides a safe space for structured explorations of cool teaching tools and techniques that your colleagues are using to engage students and teach more effectively. During the academic year, labs are held weekly and will be listed on the Active Teaching Lab page.

Colin’s eText Story


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