CompSci 290
Spring 2024
Educational Technology Practicum

In-Class Activity: Evaluate Online eBooks

But a book is different—it is not just a material possession but the pathway to an enlightened mind, and thence to a well-ordered society. ― Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age

Online eBooks promise to be more engaging, immersive, and interactive to provide a better learning experience than traditional, physical textbooks. Review an eBook from both a pedagogical and student-oriented perspective.

Submitting your Work

In groups, use this shared Google Doc to record your discussion about your past experiences and your predictions about the the future. For each, use principles to justify why you think it is "good" or "bad".

In your groups, each person should take on the following roles:


Choose an online book to review from the following and form groups based on your interest/access. Try to make sure groups review different books so they are all covered.

Start by reviewing the book's main page that advertises its features, advantages, and pedagogy/goals so you have a context in which to review whether or not the book's content and interactivity live up to those goals. Then pick at least two topics (typically short due to students' short attention spans :) to serve as concrete examples for your review:

Use the the following questions to drive your review: