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Three Tips to Create Digital Content That Stands Out from the Crowd

Online publishing is on the rise and currently there is an abundance of digital content. Since over ninety million people are using e-books, it is absolutely essential for you to stay on top of new trends in the online publishing industry and to make sure your content doesn’t get lost in the crowd.

It may feel overwhelming to keep up with all of the new trends in such an evolving industry, that’s why we are giving you three tips that help you publish content that stands out from the others. Continue reading Three Tips to Create Digital Content That Stands Out from the Crowd

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New Fill in the Blank Functionality for ActiveTextbook

One of the most requested features for ActiveTextbook is the ability to fill in the blanks left in the original text. We are excited to announce that Evident Point is now working on adding this new overlay to ActiveTextbook!

With the new fill in the blank overlay, your readers will be able to highlight the blank areas left in the original text, choose “Create Overlay” from the drop down context menu, and select the new “Fill the Blank” overlay as shown in the picture below. Continue reading New Fill in the Blank Functionality for ActiveTextbook

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Evident Point and eThink Education partner to provide adaptive and active learning capabilities to Moodle and Totara

We are pleased to announce that Evident Point has partnered with eThink Education, a world-class eLearning solutions provider, to provide adaptive and active learning capabilities to Moodle and Totara users.

This partnership  provides eThink clients with ActiveTextbook, an adaptive learning tool that enhances student learning, and can be seamlessly integrated within the Learning Management System (LMS). ActiveTextbook takes learners from reading to interacting by allowing Instructors to enrich course materials with videos, images, audio clips, texts, attachments, and interactive widgets, encouraging deeper engagement with learning resources.

eThink clients can now take advantage of ActiveTextbook features such as: Continue reading Evident Point and eThink Education partner to provide adaptive and active learning capabilities to Moodle and Totara

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Datalogics releases READynamic 3.2 with SONY DRM

Datalogics, Evident Point’s distribution partner and the premier source for PDF, EdTech and eBook technologies, has released ActiveTextbook-based READynamic 3.2 – now with Sony DADC User Rights Management Solution (URMS) support for both PDF and EPUB documents.

SONY’s Right Management System offers a powerful level of industry recognized security that will allow for full content protection. It offers flexible Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection to work with different business models and help businesses create the desired user experience. Continue reading Datalogics releases READynamic 3.2 with SONY DRM

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Readium 0.29 Has Been Released

Readium 0.29 has been released

The Readium development community is pleased to announce the release of 0.29. This release was pushed to master and the Chrome store on 22 December 2017.

This release is primarily some minor updates:

  • Additional fixes and improvements to the Hypothes.is support in the Readium CloudReader
  • Updating the Android support in the SDK to the latest releases for Android tooling and the NDK
  • A number of minor bug fixes across the various modules

The tag for this release is 0.29 on GitHub.  Continue reading Readium 0.29 Has Been Released

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W3C Has Published Three First Public Working Drafts

The W3C Publishing Working Group has published three First Public Working Drafts (FPWD), and Evident Point is ensuring that ActiveTextbook is compliant with all three. According to W3C, the three drafts are as follows:

Web Publications – A collection of information defining the structures of Web Publications in a way that user agents are able to provide user experiences that are well-suited to reading publications. These user experiences include features such as sequential navigation and offline reading. The Web Publications include the default reading order, a list of resources, and publication-wide metadata. Continue reading W3C Has Published Three First Public Working Drafts

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ActiveTextbook on The Path of Becoming Fully Accessible

Currently, around 15-20% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. This is the case while most websites and software products are not accessible, making it difficult or even impossible for many people to use.

Web is an essential part of daily life for a lot of people and it is crucial to remove barriers that prevent interaction with or access to websites and software products. One example of accessibility is adding alternative texts to images (alt text). Adding alt texts to photos allows visually impaired users to get access to the image information using screen readers. There is even a business case here since in addition to accessibility, adding alternative texts will greatly help with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as it provides better image descriptions, helping search engine crawlers to index an image properly. Continue reading ActiveTextbook on The Path of Becoming Fully Accessible

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Readium 0.28 Has Been Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Readium 0.28. This new version of the EPUB reading system can be used in different browsers and embedded into browser apps.

One of the main components of this release is the implementation of a plugin, which provides integration with the Hypothes.is framework of annotations and bookmarks. The integration will provide readers and authors the ability to Continue reading Readium 0.28 Has Been Released

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Creating A Quiz In ActiveTextbook

With Active Textbook, quizzes can be made available right inside the book for students to interact with and test their understanding of the concepts as they are reading.

The quiz feature is an interactive overlay (an overlay is an object added to books in ActiveTextbook) that is created in a book. Interactive questions can be created that will be shown after a Reader clicks on the overlay zone. Quizzes can be placed anywhere in the book. It is a great resource for engaging students and making sure they are following along. Continue reading Creating A Quiz In ActiveTextbook

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The Integration Project To Bring Open Source Annotation Support to EPUBs Has Been Completed

Evident Point, together with our esteemed partners, Hypothesis, NYU Press, Readium Foundation, and EPUBjs, is pleased to announce the successful completion of Hypothesis and Readium integration to bring open source annotation support to EPUBs through Readium.

Readium is a free, open source, cross-platform reading system engine that provides the best way to read EPUB, the fastest-growing eBook format, and Hypothes.is is the leading online open platform for annotating the web. In this integration project, Evident Point has developed the ability for the Hypothes.is annotation framework to Continue reading The Integration Project To Bring Open Source Annotation Support to EPUBs Has Been Completed

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We Are Exhibiting At The World Conference On Online Learning (ICDE 2017)!

We are excited to announce that we are going to be exhibiting at the World Conference On Online Learning, the 27th edition of the International Council for Open and Distance Education   (ICDE) World Conference.

The conference takes place at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto with the theme of Teaching in The Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching and Learning. We will be at the conference from October 16th to 19th. If you are attending this event, stop by our booth (#41) and find out how ActiveTextbook is changing the eLearning experience and supporting open and flexible learning. Continue reading We Are Exhibiting At The World Conference On Online Learning (ICDE 2017)!

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Creating Overlays in ActiveTextbook

In this post we will be exploring media overlays and how to add them to your books. Overlays are interactive elements that can be added to the content; these interactive elements can be videos, images, text, attachments, quizzes, links, audio clips, and interactive widgets.

There are two ways of adding overlays to books. The first method is to highlight the text you want to add an overlay to. After making your text selection, a context menu will appear. At this point you can click “Create Overlay.” Continue reading Creating Overlays in ActiveTextbook

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Next-Generation Learning Management Systems (LMS)

According to the Horizon Report, 2017 Higher Education Edition, the next-generation Learning Management Systems (LMS) are virtual learning spaces that support personalization, meet universal design standards, play a large role in formative learning assessment, and are more flexible than traditional LMS. A market study done by Technavio, a leading global technology research and advisory company, suggests that the global next generation LMS market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 26% during 2016-2020. Continue reading Next-Generation Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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Evident Point is Developing a Storefront for ActiveTextbook

We are pleased to announce that Evident Point is in the process of developing a storefront in ActiveTextbook, allowing customers to monetize their books through our platform. The storefront will be available as a fully white-labelled solution, and will implement the PayPal system to allow users a safe and reliable way to purchase eBooks. Our clients will be able to get a branded storefront with a responsive mobile-friendly design to sell their interactive eBooks online. Read more…

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Creating a Group in ActiveTextbook PRO

Welcome to the “Creating Groups in ActiveTextbook” blog. We are going to show you step by step how to create Contacts and Groups in ActiveTextbook, and how to assign a book to Groups.

Groups

A Group is a list of individual users that can be addressed in a single action, such as granting and revoking access to Books or sending messages. For example, you can setup a Group to represent a class. Each Group has an Owner – an individual user that created the Group and controls access to it. Accounts that are operating under Publisher roles are allowed to create Groups in ActiveTextbook PRO. Read more…

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Discussions beyond the classroom

One of the unique features of ActiveTextbook is that it allows users to add comment boxes to the books and initiate discussions with others. ActiveTextbook is a great addition to Learning Management Systems (LMS) since it allows comment boxes to be created inside the books, which is unlike most systems, where discussion boards are typically located in a separate folder.

With our platform, students are able to share their ideas anywhere, any time. They also have the opportunity to reflect on their thought and check for spelling before posting a comment. Furthermore, the platform is a valuable tool for students who don’t feel comfortable speaking in classrooms. Read more…

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Evident Point has joined Publishing Working Group

Evident Point Software has joined the Publishing Working Group, by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), to work together with other organizations on advancing traditional publishing and Web standards. Prior to joining W3C, Evident Point was a founding member of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) which was integrated with W3C in January 2017. Read more…

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Interactive Solution for Corporate Training

Corporate training programs are designed to bring all the employees to the same level of knowledge and skills that is consistent with the company’s standards. In the technology era, training methods such as one-sided presentations typically lead to having disengaged audiences, and therefore, are not the best solutions anymore. Nowadays, it is crucial to have interactive training programs to enhance learning experience and have satisfied and well-trained employees from the very beginning. As it is often said, employees are company’s best assets, and thus, companies need to take advantage of their own talent by increasing productivity and engagement as much as possible. With an effective and engaging training program, new workforce would likely become high-performing and motivated employees in the long run.


Motivating employees to participate and engage in the corporate training programs have become very challenging, and that is why Read more…

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ActiveTextbook: The Solution for Online Learning

Online learning (eLearning) has become a global phenomenon as many educational institutions have entered the field in an effort to improve the student learning experience. While eLearning has many benefits such as cost saving and customizing learning materials, it does have a few shortcomings compared to traditional classrooms.

Two of the biggest disadvantages of eLearning have been lack of student interaction and motivation. In traditional classrooms, students are able to interact with each other and learn from one another by asking questions or listening to comments of others. This traditional environment has greatly enhanced learning and helped students stay engaged and motivated. To bridge the gap between traditional classrooms and online learning, ActiveTextbook provides a platform with interactive features that improves teaching and learning experiences and helps students stay engaged. In this blog, we will look at a few ways instructors can boost the student learning experience using ActiveTextbook:

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