Materials Writers College and University Education Unvetted SIG Forum

How to Create an Online Textbook or Workbook

Sat, Jul 9, 11:45-13:15 Asia/Tokyo

Location: Auditorium HYBRID

Though there are countless online resources such as Google Forms, Quizlet and Flipgrid, none of these are a viable commercial means for creating online textbooks or workbooks. Moreover, though materials writers may be adept at writing books, very few of them have the coding skills to turn their vision into an online reality.

The Materials Writers SIG is delighted to have Paul Raine from the digital platform ZenGengo, Elton LaClare from Sojo University, and John Carle from The English Gym series, speak about creating digital materials.

In this presentation, Paul Raine will talk about how individual writers and publishing companies can use a publisher’s version of the ZenGengo platform to create marketable online materials. Elton LaClare will relate the process of creating an online textbook for the Sojo International Learning Center at Sojo University. John Carle will outline how he created digital workbooks to supplement his textbooks.

The speakers will also address in detail, how to bring these online resources to market. They will explain how students can purchase materials directly online or through university bookstores using scratch cards.

This forum is meant for any educator, writer, or publisher who is interested in creating their own online textbooks or workbooks. There will be an open Q&A session at the end, so please be sure to attend if you are interested in this aspect of materials creation.

  • John Carle

    John has lived in Japan since 1997. He teaches at several universities in the Kansai area, including Kindai University and Kansai University. He also runs a publishing company, Oak Hills Press, which helps independent authors publish textbooks. John is the author of The English Gym and The English Gym II, written under the pen name, Jon Charles. He has recently created a digital workbook on the ZenGengo platform.

  • Paul Raine

    Paul Raine (MA TEFL/TESL, University of Birmingham 2012) is an award-winning teacher, presenter, author, and developer. His books include the best-selling 50 Ways to Teach with Technology and the innovative multi-path graded reader Journey to Mars. He has helped design and develop several websites for teachers and learners of EFL, including abaxlms.com and zengengo.com. He has published numerous research articles on the teaching and learning of English as a second language, and is particularly interested in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). He currently teaches at two universities in the Tokyo area.

  • Elton LaClare

    Elton LaClare is an Associate Professor at the Sojo International Learning Center. For more than a decade he has been interested in online platforms for language teaching and learning. He also has a keen interest in AI, especially regarding the automatic assessment of speech.

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