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E-Textbooks and the Blind

If you are blind and studying any of the sciences, there are a lot of obstacles in your way. One of them is the textbook. Somehow, you must get the printed page converted to something you can hear, or feel, in order to read it.

Is a picture worth 1,000 words?

We all know that making someone a drawing is a great way to explain scientific ideas. Reviews of textbooks will talk about the quality of the diagrams, and our own virtual biology labs and interactive ecology chapters get high praise for how good the graphics are. Proselytizers of e-learning

SimUText Ecology - replace your ecology textbook

If you've been following our blog, you've seen me make several posts about e-textbooks. One reason I've been following new developments closely is because we have been working on our own replacement for an ecology text. It's extremely gratifying, after a huge amount of work from a lot of people, to start going public with our SimUText Active Learning System and the SimBio Interactive Ecology Chapters which SimUText hosts.

Majors vs. Non-majors

Most universities have separate biology classes for non-majors, which are often taken by students who need to fulfill a "science" requirement to complete their degree. Are non-majors really different from biology majors? Several previous studies seem to say no


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