Interactive eBook from Runestone Interactive: A Python eBook with IDE and visualization built-in
Brad Miller and David Ranum have opened up their eBook for general use at their new http://interactivepython.org site. This is the book whose use we have been studying for the last year as part of our CSLearning4U effort. It’s a great alternative to the Udacity/Coursera model of distance education, to make a book more like a course, rather than capture the course in video. Our paper on this analysis just got rejected, so I’m not sure when and where we can tell the story of what happened, but I’m hoping that we can talk about it soon*.
*I try to be careful when talking about new, not-yet-published work here, because it annoys reviewers when they can easily discern the authorship of a “blind review” paper. In CS Ed, the identity of *any* work can be easily determined within five minutes of Googling/Binging — there are just too few people in the field. Still, reviewers downgrade our scores because I “broke faith” by talking about the work in my blog. Sigh.
On a more positive note, we got three papers accepted to ICER 2012, so I do plan to talk about that work here soon.