Innovative Approaches for Realization of Electronic Textbooks and Didactic Tests: Drupal CMS, Google Forms, Learningapps

Innovative Approaches for Realization of Electronic Textbooks and Didactic Tests: Drupal CMS, Google Forms, Learningapps

Svetlana Vasileva (Varna University of Management, Bulgaria), Ivelina Yoveva (Varna University of Management, Bulgaria) and Marinela Goranova (Dimitar Talev High School, Bulgaria)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 33
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5673-2.ch003
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The implementation of information technology (IT) in the process of studying different subject areas, the realization of the possibilities of the educational information interaction, and the potential of the allocated informative resource of the local and global networks are main tasks for the contemporary lecturer. By solving these tasks, the intellectual potential of the learner can be developed and not only habits for self-acquisition of knowledge can be attained but also skills for obtaining, processing, transmition, and production of the necessary information. The authors' purpose is to showcase the rich capabilities of some freely available web applications and platforms such as the content management system (CMS), in particular CMS Drupal for the creation of educational web sites and electronic learning materials. Some of the newest specialized applications such as Google Forms and LearningApps for creating electronic tests and integrating the educational game approach to IT training have also been explored.
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Electronic Textbook (eTextbook) is a methodological complex designed to study the course material. It is an integrated tool containing theory, practice, tasks and other components (Iavich, 2012).

When creating an eTextbook (Iavich, 2012), the authors/tutors should note that it must contain minimal text, because lengthy reading of text on the computer screen is tiring and reduces the level of perception of new information. In addition to the color scheme/range of colors (so that at reading the colors do not overstrain the student's teachings, but even soothe it), it is very important and right to select text fonts according to the theory of fonts. The electronic textbooks should contain as many graphical images as they are much better at absorbing and perceiving information when reading illustrated textbooks (Iavich, 2012).

The electronic textbook, unlike the print edition, possesses the following attributes that appeal to the teachers (Iliev & Vasileva, 2014), (Vul, 2002):

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