816 BYOL: Interactive eBooks for Mobile Learning

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, November 18



Many organizations are still using paper-based guides, manuals, and job aids. This requires planning for additional printing costs throughout the year to accommodate frequent content changes. Reliability is questionable, as older documents may not all be replaced with an updated version. Some organizations have gone paperless, yet the electronic versions of the documents are still basic text, which doesn’t make use of the full potential of a virtual format.

In this hands-on session, you will gain the skills and practice needed to create interactive eBooks. You will learn how to format a document for multiple devices, integrate various types of media, and learn about alternative free and paid tools that can be used to develop and edit interactive eBooks. You will walk through a basic workflow to convert a simple document with a variety of media types to an EPUB file format that can later be made available for download directly to mobile devices with an eReader app installed.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To convert print materials to an interactive, mobile-friendly format using Sigil
  • To improve the quality of performance support materials by adding appropriate media
  • To quickly deploy simple, effective, multiscreen mobile learning solutions in your organization
  • To create native mobile content to support users who may not have consistent access to an Internet connection

Novice to advanced designers and developers who are familiar with common mobile media formats (PNG, MP3, MP4) and comfortable working with authoring and editing tools similar to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.

Technology discussed in this session:
Mobile devices (tablets and smartphones), HTML5, eReader applications (iBooks, Kobo), Sigil, and media conversion software (Adobe media encoder, Handbrake).

Participant technology requirements:
Laptop with Sigil installed; mobile device with an eReader application installed (such as iBooks or Kobo).

Sarah Mercier


Learning Ninjas

Sarah Mercier, CEO at Learning Ninjas, specializes in innovative learning technology and strategic implementation of learning solutions. Sarah is an international facilitator for the Association for Talent Development’s E-Learning Instructional Design and Microlearning certificate programs. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events in the areas of instructional strategy, learning technology strategy, and learning solution design and development. Her work has been published in ATD’s 2020 Trends in Learning Technology, The Book of Road-Tested Activities, TD Magazine, Learning Solutions Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications.

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