ERIC Number: EJ1077414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Three Investigations of the Utility of Textbook Technology Supplements
Gurung, Regan A. R.
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v14 n1 p26-35 Mar 2015
In three separate introductory psychology classes over a three-year period, I tested whether over 600 students' exam scores were associated with the use of textbook technology supplements (TTSs). Each class used a different textbook and a different TTS ("Learnsmart," "PsychPortal," and "Aplia"). In general, students who used TTSs more, performed better on their exams (controlling for GPA). Additionally, higher scores on assignments on TTSs also correlated with higher scores (controlling for GPA). Students reported not having enough time or adequate motivation as the top reasons for why they did not use TTSs. I present suggestions for the use of such systems based on how I required the aids over the years.
Descriptors: Investigations, Textbook Publication, Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Layout (Publications), Intermode Differences, Achievement Gains, Grade Point Average, Instructional Materials, Database Management Systems, Courseware, Use Studies, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Class Activities, Student Surveys, Usability, Correlation, Supplementary Reading Materials, Scores, Educational Technology, College Students, Educational Practices, Multiple Regression Analysis
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