This study analyzes the structural elements of the digital textbook design from the perspective of the user experience, and offers improvement measures as well as design prototype model for the development of digital textbooks in the future. The completeness and overall direction of textbook design depends on how the elements of the content are presented. In this regard, this study analyzed current digital textbooks used in elementary schools of Korea and examined the structural components of layout, identifying the characteristics of design features used in digital textbooks.
One of the limitations of current digital textbook design, that needs to be dealt with first, is fixed layout. As an alternative to a fixed layout, this study employed a responsive layout. An improved design based on a responsive layout helped determine what kind of visual effects can create unified design rules without physically transforming all the pages of a printed textbook into digital format. If the layout of the current digital textbook is structurally redesigned based on the design model proposed in this study, further useful criterion for developing digital textbook design will be expected.