Thursday, September 07, 2006

Moodle E-Learning Course Development (a book)

Of course I'm a huge fan and old-time user of Moodle so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I got excited by this new title:
Moodle E-Learning Course Development by William Rice

The book does look interesting, though I always wonder when I see print publications about online applications: why did the author chooose that medium? An online version would be so much more logical. The most obvious argument for an online version is, of course, ease of updating. I'm not saying that a hard copy book can never stand the test of times; plus, I know that quite a lot of people will still see higher prestige in a "real" book that they can hold in their hands - and I think I can also agree with them to some extent. Anyway, I'll write some more about this new book once I manage to learn more about it.

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At 07 September, 2006 16:18, Eric said...

Hi Elek,

Thanks for the link to that book. I think there are a number of reasons why people print books about online applications:

- Readers like reading off paper. I appear to be one of the very few people who find it easier to read off a screen than off paper; most people if they downloaded a 300-page book would print it out. That costs them paper and ink, so they're just as happy to buy a properly printed and bound book.

- for the author, it means, as you say, kudos. Anybody can write something and self-publish it online; this doesn't look nearly as impressive on a CV as something published by one of the big publishing houses.

- if you self-publish something online you have to find a market that's willing to pay for your book. That's hard work! That's what publishers do - they find/tap into existing markets. In other words, publishing something on paper through an established publisher is much more likely to mean the author gets paid something than if they self-publish it online (whether they charge for the book or not).


At 08 September, 2006 11:48, Elek Mathe said...

Hi Eric,

Thanks a lot for your comments. I agree with what you wrote - which is a pity, because an argument is always more fun :). But at the same time I started thinking about the issue and that's how today's post was conceived. Or, to be precise, the second part of it will be about this topic, but you'll see.

Thanks a lot again,



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