Creating Apps and eBooks for Education with Adobe Experience Manager Mobile and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Hohepa Spooner, Auckland University of Technology

Mobile applications and eBooks can be built in number of ways. At AUT University we have chosen to use the Adobe Experience Manager Mobile system, the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Using iMacs and MacBooks with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Muse and other Adobe Creative Cloud applications the process concentrates on the design, layout and functionality of the app and eBook without the need to code.

This presentation will look at the Mobile Apps and eBooks that we have created at the AUT Centre for Learning and Teaching, and the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development – Te Ara Poutama and how they are used in teaching and learning in various faculties and departments within the university, and AUT University events on our three campuses.
The use of the Adobe Experience Manager Mobile system and Apple iBooks Author for producing student assessment work will also be presented.


Hohepa Spooner has led the development of digital media for learning at AUT, starting with the transformation of Te Reo Māori language learning in 2006 when he shifted the platform from audio cassette tapes to Apple iPods. Since then he has continued to develop innovative modes of digital learning, which have now ‘flipped’ the entire undergraduate curriculum for the Bachelor of Māori Development onto a cross-platform e-book model, where the content of each paper is available to students on their mobile devices. The design of e-books is also an integral part of the curriculum for students to learn the process and enhance their employability prospects.

The other members of the faculty and the AUT Centre for Learning and teaching team have learned from Hohepa’s expertise and developed many apps and e-books for other parts of the university, including research centres, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and central business areas such as the Student Learning Centre and Brand & Marketing Services.