Corporations Should Use iBooks Author for Custom eLearning Courses

By Dan Hinckley

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Earlier this month and before Apple announced their quarterly earnings that quickly made them once again the most valuable company in the universe, they shared a few new tools designed to improve the textbooks that help us learn. The announcement focused on how students, especially those in high school, would be able to learn more through interactive textbooks that were designed for the iPad.

To support the vision of improved learning through interactive textbooks on the iPad, Apple announced iBook 2 and iBooks Author. iBooks Author is a free application available through the Mac App Store that allows anyone to create their own interactive textbooks. iBooks 2 is an update to iBooks that allows the application to utilize all of the new education focused features that an iBook created with iBooks Author would leverage. With these new tools, Apple has created a way for teachers, professors, and other instructors to create educational material that is directly integrated into their course material.

iBooks Author is a great application with an extremely user friendly interface. Creating instructional documents for the iPad is now as easy as creating a Word document or PowerPoint presentation. And while Apple focused their announcement around using the software and their tablet hardware for creating textbooks, iBooks Author is an ideal solution for training courses for any corporation.

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Why Your Corporation Should Create Courses with iBooks Author

The iPad was originally designed as a consumer device but it’s quickly invading the business market. Since it was released, I’ve seen more and more business owners use iPads for note taking, communications, and business use than I ever expected. I recently was traveling and for the first time saw more business travelers using iPads with bluetooth keywords than traditional laptops. Individuals in all different work environments have quickly become familiar with the iPad and enjoy using it in place of more traditional devices.

Smart organizations will leverage the comfort their employees have with the iPad to present material to them that will make them better employees. Custom iBooks created with iBooks Author could be designed to instruct new waiters on the way to approach a table, where to complete orders, the layout of the restaurant, and the process for recommending wine. Experienced managers could learn from custom iBooks of the latest policies related to promotions, bonuses, or employee benefit changes. Skilled staff could take a collection of custom courses offered through iBooks that would allow them to gain new certifications and learn cutting edge technology without having to take days off to attend major training sessions.

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iBooks Author allows organizations to create very specific material quickly that will add real value to their employees. Improving the skills, knowledge, and understanding of your employees often has a direct impact on the bottom line.

How To Get Started

Anyone can create their own iBook now with iBooks Author. Download the app from the Mac App Store and start working through their tutorials to get an understanding of how the process works. If you’re interested in integrating iPad based instructions with other elearning solutions than you might want to seek the assistance of a third party that can help you build a larger training strategy.

About Dan Hinckley
Dan Hinckley is an experienced Mac user who converted to Apple products when they introduced them on Intel Processors. He loves helping others get more out of their devices! Subscribe to to get the latest from Dan and the Maciverse Team!! Find out more about Dan:

8 Responses so far.

  1. Margot

    January 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I loved the presentation and have already downloaded the authoring tool! But how can you deliver proprietary information privately? My clients want their stuff published to their LMS…

    • Dan

      January 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

      There is a PDF export, while not as fancy or interactive it does let you get the content and keep it in house.

      I know you can test locally before sending it to iBooks for distribution. It maybe something you can do at a per-iPad bases for the short term until a better solution is offered.

  2. Jorgen L

    February 1, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Interesting stuff, is there any limitations in the actual distribution agreement with Apple that would prohibit me from publishing open targeted marketing/selling oriented productions made with iBooks Author?


  3. Nate

    February 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    You could host the .ibooks file on an internal server/intranet/file sharing software, and as long as your staff has an ipad then you can view it. The .pdf option works as well. Apple has the rights if you sell it through the iBook store, but you still have the ability to sell it on your own outside of it, they don't own the entire rights, only getting a piece of the pie if sold in the iBooks store.

  4. digitalsummit

    February 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    We are looking into the issues of reporting quizs etc to a LMS etc within iBook and plan on doing just this. We are very excited but this tool.

    • Steve

      February 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

      So is the IBook format Scorm compliant? Very cool if true !

      • digitalsummit

        February 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

        iBook2 can support html5 content so this maybe a way to get this to work. Technologies used in SCORM are based on HTTP and JavaScript.

  5. Marcus Clarke

    May 8, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I'm a logstanding Puppet based children's television producer and I see ibook author as a great way for me to combine our Script, illustration,storytelling and Filmaking Skills. so I'm learning it fast but I also teach Puppetry for the screen in Schools, FE and HE so I'm wondering if this could be a first Software Teaching/Workshop leading opportunity for me. Do you think there would be demand? Marcus Hands Up Puppets

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