Developing an E-Book-Based Learning Platform Toward Higher Education for All

  • Masumi HoriEmail author
  • Seishi Ono
  • Kazutsuna Yamaji
  • Shinzo Kobayashi
  • Toshihiro Kita
  • Tsuneo Yamada
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 583)


While higher education rapidly grows worldwide, regional differences widen the digital divide. Our Creative Higher Education with Learning Objects (CHiLO), an e-book-based learning platform, aims to provide opportunities in higher education for developing countries or rural areas that have restricted digital literacy, digital devices, learning resources, and quality of networks. CHiLO provides an adaptable learning environment corresponding to diversification and flexibility in online courses such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) using device-agnostic m-learning centered on e-books with media-rich content. CHiLO also aims at a comprehensive open network learning system through the use of various existing technologies and various learning resources, including OER on open network communities such as SNS. Our set of experimental outcomes demonstrates the efficacy of m-learning using CHiLO, particularly with an e-book, including media-rich content, nano lectures, and digital badges.


EFA ICT4D Online course E-Book E-Learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masumi Hori
    • 1
    Email author
  • Seishi Ono
    • 1
  • Kazutsuna Yamaji
    • 2
  • Shinzo Kobayashi
    • 3
  • Toshihiro Kita
    • 4
  • Tsuneo Yamada
    • 5
  1. 1.NPO CCC-TIESNaraJapan
  2. 2.Research and Development Centre for Academic NetworksNational Institute of InformaticsTokyoJapan
  3. 3.SmileNC & Co.SaitamaJapan
  4. 4.Kumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  5. 5.Open University JapanChibaJapan

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