Building Online Books Using Open Educational Resources for Zero Cost Personalized and Collaborative Learning

COIL is proud to support the Building Online Books Using Open Educational Resources for Zero Cost Personalized and Collaborative Learning project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.

Abstract:

BBookX is a novel computer facilitated system that dynamically builds free open online books, based on specific user inputs. The best way to describe the system is to imagine a table of contents template, where a user can specify things like a book title, chapter titles, and descriptive text for each chapter. Our system then uses web search algorithms to crawl the web, returning relevant chapter text based on the search criteria. Users do not necessarily need to build an entire book; some users may only want information on a few specific topics. BBookX can accommodate a wide variety of uses, from full textbooks, to supplemental class material, to personalized study guides and more.

BBookX is currently early in alpha testing, as we work with content experts to assess the quality of some of our early books built using the system. As we continue to develop the system, we have several use cases in mind, such as:

  • Instructors creating books, or portions of books, to replace costly course resources.
  • Instructional designers building books to assist in new course design projects.
  • Students building personalized study guides. As users interact with BBookX, we anticipate a diverse set of use cases emerging.

Team:

  • C. Lee Giles, David Reese Professor, Teaching and Learning with Technology Fellow, College of Information Sciences and Technology, University Park
  • Chen Liang, Graduate Student, College of Information Sciences and Technology, University Park
  • Kyle Bowen, Director of Education Technology Services, Information Technology Services, University Park
  • Ben Brautigam, Advanced Learning Projects, Information Technology Services, University Park
  • Sherwyn Saul, Advanced Learning Projects, Information Technology Services, University Park
  • Bart Pursel, Faculty Programs Coordinator, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Information Technology Services, University Park
  • Hannah Williams, Multimedia Specialist, Information Technology Services, University Park
  • Shuting Wang, Graduate Student, Computer Science and Engineering, University Park
  • Zhaohui Wu, Graduate Student, Computer Science and Engineering, University Park
  • Simon Hooper, Professor of Education, Teaching and Learning with Technology Fellow, College of Education, University Park
  • Tom Mitchell, Professor, Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Christopher Long, Professor, Teaching and Learning with Technology Fellow, Philosophy, University Park

Contact:

C. Lee Giles
giles@ist.psu.edu
(814) 865-­‐7884


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