project on Book Creator
LDT100x Instructional Design and Technology: Learning
Published: Oct. 31, 2019
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Identify the tool, add a URL if online,
and a short description of why you picked it.
I chose BookCreator
I was especially intrigued by two things:
- The portal page contained a rather comprehensive video that truly
showed the tool's capabilities (despite loud, obnoxious background
music). I find that the portal pages of MANY tools will tell you
almost nothing before collecting your contact information via
registration. How am I supposed to know I want to use the tool when
I have virtually no information about it? The presence of content
that helped me choose was indeed one of the reasons I chose it.
- The tool is targeted to students, suggesting it is very easy to
use. This presumed ease-of-use was almost a drawback because I'm not
certain that I would, as an instructional designer, use a tool meant
for students to deliver instruction to students. I would definitely
suggest it as a tool students could use for their class projects.
Since BookCreator is mentioned in the LDT 300x Week 2 content, I'm
assuming it's fair game for this micro-learning project.
As I signed in for the free trial, I immediately saw that BookCreator
works only on Chrome. I have Chrome but rarely use it.
A couple of weeks after signing up for Book
Creator, I sat down to create my project on it. The dashboard for
doing so is very stark, and the only buttons or controls on it are My
Books, Pages, Undo, a plus sign (+), a lower-case i, and a right
I liked the fact that not only is Google
Image Search integrated with BookCreator, but the results are filtered
so only those available for public use appear.
I learned by trial-and-error that for a page with both an image and
text, the image must be uploaded first.
I was dismayed that very few choices are
available for text, such as color, size, and alignment. The cover-text
font is the same size as body text inside! I am guessing the sparse
number of typographic choices is related to the tool being targeted to
Overall, except for the cover with its
too-small type, I was reasonably satisfied with the final book I
Post the final product you created with the new tool to your portfolio
Short reflection (3 – 5 paragraphs) of
the learning theory or theories that supported you in learning to
use the new tool and why those approaches were effective.
Seeking to to bolster this reflection with
research, I was very surprised at how sparse the literature is on
constructivism from the LEARNER'S PERSPECTIVE.
I was a constructivist learner for this project in that I did not sit
back and receive information.
I constructed my knowledge of BookCreator
through hands-on experience with it.
I formed questions. I created the experience of learning the tool by
using the tool. I developed strategies to figure out how perform
actions that were not obvious.
I experienced minor roadblocks (e.g., learning that images had to be
uploaded before text) that led to reexamining the process and
developing new paths and strategies.
I drove my own process of HOW TO LEARN,
constructing my own learning through trial and error.