The Interactive Astronomy Textbook

Christopher J. Fluke, David G. Barnes
2008 Astronomy Education Review  
We introduce the use of in situ interactive three-dimensional (3-d) figures in digital astronomy textbooks as a means of enhancing student learning. The recent 3-d extensions to the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), combined with simple JavaScript, provide new ways to present intrinsically 3-d models, data sets, and instructional diagrams in digital publications. This is an enhancement to the usual method of presenting static, two-dimensional views, or "comic strip" sequences, to indicate
more » ... anges in viewpoint. Interactive figures provide opportunities for students to undertake active learning while reading a textbook: they are able to explore and uncover the connections between viewpoint, orientation, and the 3d nature of models and data sets for themselves.
doi:10.3847/aer2008010 fatcat:nxj4il5fiffa5dfq36oz75peuu