Bridging Old and New: Video Guides to Assigned Readings

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Science textbooks and journals are slowly making a transition from print to digital formats. While truly interactive textbooks have just begun to appear, many textbooks (or their PDF equivalents) still follow highly developed traditions for static presentation of figures, captions, and text. Meanwhile, our "millennial" students expect to listen rather than to read, to view videos rather than static images, and to access academic materials at any hour of the day or night. Because many good textbooks are still available only in print, a simple technology can help bridge the divide between these books and students' expectations: narrated video guides to the assigned readings. These multimedia supplements are especially helpful for students in science courses, where the readings are often complex and challenging.


© 2011 Richard F. Olivo. The text of this EQ article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license.