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ERIC Number: EJ1167339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1835-9132
An Empirical Evaluation of a Broad Ranging E-Text Adoption with Recommendations for Improving Deployment Success for Students
Chapman, Jared R.; Seeley, Eugene L.; Wright, Norman S.; Glenn, Lowell M.; Adams, Lynn L.
e-Journal of Business Education and Scholarship of Teaching, v10 n2 p1-14 2016
Electronic course materials have several advantages over printed materials. While these advantages create an enticing argument for the adoption of electronic textbooks, there are disadvantages that may hobble e-text adoption. This case study investigates the e-text adoption process for 50 class sections across 8 business disciplines with 27 different instructors. It explores interventions that can be pursued to ameliorate important challenges and effect a more successful e-text adoption. It provides faculty, publishers, and university administrators with actionable advice for improving student response to e-text implementations. A wide variety of feelings were expressed about how e-texts are implemented, ranging from strong dissatisfaction to strong satisfaction. The results indicate that great care should be taken to ensure that as many students as possible have a positive experience during an e-text adoption. Several variables were identified as important to students and can readily be influenced and improved by faculty, administrators, and vendors. These include: "how effectively professors use the material", "price", "quality of the sign-up process", and "how useful the e-textbook platform training was". Finally, two factors, technical and functional satisfaction, should be considered when implementing e-text solutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah
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