Online education and online eBooks, although quite popular, have gained new momentum over the last year. With the pandemic affecting almost every industry in the world, the education industry was no different. For some industries, it was essential to carry on work in spite of the worldwide outbreak and thereby began the work from home trend. Similarly, in order to ensure continuity in education, educational institutions started online classes.
This led to an increase in the demand for online educational resources. While some institutions were already practicing blended learning methods, for some others, this was an entirely new experience. This left many educators in a dilemma. How to go about delivering online lessons? How to modify the current curriculum to meet the online learning expectations? Is it going to be effective? A difficult but necessary decision had to be made.
KITABOO’s role in enabling continued education
KITABOO is a SaaS-based platform that enables users to create, publish and distribute eBooks. During the pandemic, as every publisher and institution was looking for an online platform, KITABOO helped facilitate a smooth transition from traditional to online education. The platform witnessed a 40X surge in traffic during the initial months of the pandemic. Not only did the platform withstand the sudden increase in traffic, but it was also scaled to perform to its full potential in case of a further increase in platform users.
KITABOO, with its easy-to-use interface and responsive design, was an apt product for publishers and educational institutions to use on an immediate basis. There is absolutely no need for expertise in software development or coding to use this platform. Therefore, users were able to easily upload files and convert them into an online format of their choice. Its white-label feature enables publishers and institutions to use their own branding and distribute online eBooks to students.
Here’s how KITABOO helps schools and colleges deliver education using online ebooks.
Converts existing files to ePUB
The KITABOO platform lets you upload your existing files in the form of a PDF or Word doc. This file can then be converted into an ePUB format. The platform also lets you convert your file to other formats, however, as ePUB is the most popular and widely used ebook format, schools and colleges would do better to leverage this file format.
In case you do not have a digital copy of your textbooks or learning materials, you can get them converted into a digital copy with the help of Hurix’s prepress and production services.
Creates responsive ebooks
The KITABOO ebook creation platform helps create responsive eBooks that can be viewed comfortably on any mobile device and OS. Responsiveness in ebooks refers to its ability to adjust according to the user’s screen size. An ebook can be created in two layouts – Fixed Layout or Reflowable Layout. These layouts determine if the content would resize itself on different device screens. KITABOO’s intuitive interface is easy to use and publishers and educational institutions can use it to create online eBooks right from scratch or by converting legacy content into ebook format.
Enriches the content with multimedia
School and college students are already familiar with online content. But having educational material on an online platform might be new to them. To meet their expectations and to keep them interested in the courses, the ebooks should be made interactive with multimedia content.
KITABOO lets you add images, videos, and audio files to the ebook. You can also add animation, HTML games, and gamify the content to keep the learners engaged.
Creates interactive assessments
Online classes require online evaluations. While there are proctoring tools available to ensure students give tests without any window for cheating, online quizzes are also quite effective in gauging the knowledge retention of students.
KITABOO has over 25 different types of assessments including click and reveals, fill in the blank, multiple-choice questions, labeling, and more.
Enables you to add external links
While it is not always possible for publishers to incorporate every bit of information into an eBook, they can however add links that students can use as reference. Therefore, students can refer to those links and learn effectively with extensive research about a particular topic. They can be a great learning aid.
Supports multiple file formats
Students prefer different file formats and devices to learn online. This adds to their format and familiarity with the learning content. KITABOO supports multiple file formats to enable continuous learning.
Doc,pdf,xls,ppt,txt,rtf,pps,html,htm,docx,xlsx,pptx,zip,sme,ggb,accdb are the different file formats that can be used to foster student learning using KITABOO.
Enables secure distribution and offline access
KITABOO offers DRM protection to your educational content. The secure cloud-based distribution enables you to encrypt the content that can be accessed with unique access codes only. Students can also access the eBooks offline after they download them once. The secure offline access allows students to continue learning even in the absence of internet connectivity.
In-depth analytics to understand learning behaviors
KITABOO provides in-depth analytics about eBook consumption. This data provides insights into the learning behavior of students. You can analyze what type of content gets the most engagement and track the learning path of each student. This, in turn, will help you offer more personalized learning experiences to your students.
Online learning is the future of education for schools and colleges. eBooks are a great way of offering interactive learning experiences. Robust eBook publishing and distribution platforms are the need of the hour. They not only secure your distribution mechanism but also offer a seamless learning experience to students and prove to be a great aid to educators.
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