The Commonwealth government and the university sector have acknowledged the low participation rate of students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds in post-school education and training. Various strategies and approaches have been developed over time to increase the number of students from this group participating in tertiary education, with varied success. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the development of an educational electronic book (eBook) which is being used as a tool in the My Tertiary Education Day (MyTED) program. The program encourages primary aged students to consider tertiary education opportunities through the use of the eBook titled “Ready, Set, Jump”. By leveraging the positive learning outcomes that can be achieved through the interaction with multimedia teaching content combined with a compelling story and an appealing design, the MyTED eBook encourages students to think about their aspirations. During the MyTED program the ways in which an eBook containing a story about aspirations can encourage primary school students to aspire to participate in tertiary education is investigated. The eBook encourages children to reflect critically on their aspirations, work individually and collectively on interactive activities, critique a series of videos and develop an affinity towards digital literacy.
CSEDU 2015: 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Lisbon, Portugal 23-25 May 2015
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education / pp.185-192