Creating good educational materials takes time. To speed up the expansion of the SpatialNote library of 3D documents, we’ve decided to convert some textbooks into the SpatialNote format. The books we chose come under Creative Commons licenses that allow such usage. Take a look at the latest updates to the SpatialNote library:
All three of those books come from different sources, which are abundant on the web. We chose the titles based on the preferences of the team, and on the likely preferences of the spatial learners. All books are well-written, contain current research and examples, and would be a good resource for students of corresponding disciplines, whether in linear or in 3D format.
Linear Structure to 3D format
For the sake of experiment, we’ve kept all the books as close to the original as possible, even though the licenses allow adaptations. While it was a no-brainer to keep the content identical to the original, we had to come up with a way of converting a structure of a linear book into 3D format.
The approach in all three books is the same: the side of a cube which you face upon entering contains the first section, then you rotate clockwise inside the cube to see all sections in the original order of the linear textbooks. If the information doesn’t fit on the side-faces of the cube, it is located on the top and bottom. The main cube contains Preface, some info about the book, and the Table of Contents, divided into four parts. The deeper you go within the structure, the more is the level of detail. Generally, it goes as follows: Table of content - Chapter - Section - Sub-section - Notes and details.
All the numeration of the original textbooks are preserved in the SpatialNote versions for the sake of reference and an option to read linearly.
Making More Use of Spatial Mnemonics
In the process of converting the books into SpatialNote format, we saw several opportunities to simplify the structure and reduce the amount of text without sacrificing the narrative and educational quality (possibly even improving those). This judgement is subjective, of course, but we do believe that 3D format opens up opportunities for building more efficient paths between pieces of knowledge.
Since the textbooks in SpatialNote format come under the same license as the original linear textbooks, you’re free to copy them into your account, add and rearrange the information for your own convenience, and, if you wish, share your versions of the textbooks. You’re also welcome to convert any material into SpatialNote format, and if the license of the original sources allows to - share it in the SpatialNote library.
Let us know which subjects (or specific textbooks) you’d like to see converted into SpatialNote format next. We’d also love to know what you think about the freshly converted textbooks. We look forward to your feedback in the comments below.