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VText An e- Textbook Framework. John Cristy Joseph G. Tront Virginia Tech. Goals. To implement an e-Textbook Reader with as much capability as possible for any content using existing software and hardware To help bridge textbook and lecture content through note taking.

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Vtext an e textbook framework

VTextAn e-Textbook Framework

John Cristy

Joseph G. Tront

Virginia Tech


To implement an e-Textbook Reader with as much capability as possible for any content using existing software and hardware

To help bridge textbook and lecture content through note taking

Previous work
Previous Work

  • Xlibris from FX Palo Alto Laboratory

    • 1998

    • Windows 95

    • 12.1” Screen

    • Freeform Note-taking

    • Actively searched based on annotations

Previous work1
Previous Work

  • Kno Tablet

    • 2 14.1” touch screens

    • SDK for applications

    • Cancelled in April 2011

  • Others (CourseSmart, Kno, etc.)

    • Some Multimedia

    • Similar to PDFs

    • DRM Issues

    • Require constant Internet Connection, Web-based

Kindle dx case study
Kindle DX Case Study



Missing PDF capabilities

Content Acquisition

Poor Multimedia

Slow Page Turning

Page Navigation

Difficulty of taking notes

  • Legibility of Screen

  • Form Factor

  • Durability

  • Distribution System

Apple s ipad textbook
Apple’s iPad Textbook

  • 3D Images

  • Multi-Touch Gestures

  • Searching for Content

  • Interactive Quizzes

  • Auto-Generated study cards

  • iTunes U

  • Authoring tools

Note taking
Note Taking

  • A higher quantity of notes correlates with higher achievement (Kiewra 1988)

  • Small Screens and poor interfaces reduce the number of notes taken by students (Kim 2009)

Active reading
Active Reading

  • Requires Critical Thinking

  • Taking notes and annotations

  • “Conversation with the author” (Adler)

  • Find related materials

Ideas from wipte 2010
Ideas from WIPTE 2010

  • Electronic notes; stylus enabled

  • Multimedia

  • Search on e-ink

  • Individualized Tutoring

  • Collaboration

  • Bookmarks

  • Voice Recognition

Why onenote
Why OneNote?

  • Book like page organization

  • Flexible Note taking

  • Platform Ubiquity

  • Collaboration

  • Developer API

Onenote in practice
OneNote in Practice

  • Collaboration @ Pfizer

    • Research Teams share OneNote Notebooks

  • Norway K12 (Michaelsen)

    • Useful

    • Daily

    • Prefer finding images rather than drawing

“You use it to remember, really”

-Unknown Norwegian Student


  • Linked Split Screen

  • Window Focus Change on Hover

  • Gestures for navigation and bookmarking

  • Bookmarked pages for quick returning

  • Navigation Buttons to save screen real estate


  • Search to Web

  • Notes Page

  • Bluetooth Scanner

  • Simple Quiz System

  • Importer for Students, Instructors, and Publisher

Side by side pages
Side-by-Side Pages

  • Horizontally or Vertically Tiled

  • Synchronized or independent

Focus change
Focus Change

  • Multi-Window tap first then write problem

  • Mouse/Stylus Hover

  • Change focus before user tries to write


View bookmarks

Retain standard gestures like panning and pinch to zoom


Swipe to change pages

Notes page
Notes Page

Content from the book

Link to the page in the book as well as the date and time copied to the notes page

Bluetooth scanner
Bluetooth Scanner

Use Android Phone to scan documents into notes

Built in quizzing
Built-in Quizzing

While hyperlinks can lead to more complex systems, the add-in includes a simple system meant for review

File importer
File Importer

  • Import files from PDF and RTF

  • Each page in the source file becomes one page in OneNote

  • PDFs come in as images or in native form (text is text, etc.)

  • RTF content remains in native form

Other considerations
Other Considerations

  • Notebook sharing can allow students to collaborate

  • Microsoft’s Office Live allows for cloud storage allowing Books to be viewed with the OneNote Apps for Android and iOS

  • With Interactive Classroom lecture notes can be inserted into the textbook

  • File embedding for any multimedia needs


  • Introductory survey results available soon

  • Complete user testing in the near future


  • Schilit, B. N., Golovchinsky, G., & Price, M. N. (1998, January). Beyond paper: supporting active reading with free form digital ink annotations. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (pp. 249-256).

  • Michaelsen, Ann S., Tone Cecilie Mohr “Better Exam Results: How Students and School Leadership learn when introuducing new technology such as OneNote in school.”

  • Christopher G. Barber, NuzrulHaque, Ben Gardner, ‘OnePoint’ – combining OneNote and SharePoint to facilitate knowledge transfer, Drug Discovery Today, Volume 14, Issues 17–18, September 2009

  • Adler, M.J. and van Doren, C. (1972) How to Read a Book. Simon and Schuster, New York, NY.