ERIC Number: EJ1058428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
An Assessment of College Students' Attitudes Towards Using an Online E-Textbook
Falc, Emilie O.
Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, v9 p1-12 2013
In this digital age, e-textbooks are becoming more prevalent. This assessment surveys a group of public speaking students on their attitudes toward an e-textbook. A qualitative and quantitative approach to collecting student feedback using an online survey reveals mixed reviews of students' use of an e-textbook. In an introductory public speaking course, most of the respondents prefer using a combination of a print textbook with an e-textbook. Although many of the students surveyed experienced some frustrations and technical difficulty, most of the students found the e-textbook to be helpful for assignments and studying for tests at least some of the time. Faculty could inform students of the drawbacks of e-textbooks and make suggestions on ways to maximize their effectiveness for better comprehension and less frustration.
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Textbooks, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Online Surveys, Public Speaking, Student Surveys, Textbook Publication, Printed Materials, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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