Monday, December 17, 2012

eBook Student Survey

I guess it when it comes to planning and delivering a course using a technology platform such as Moodle, it does become part of normal practice to introduce new resources simply by supplying a suitable link and this year one of these links was to eBooks. So I was more than an little fascinated by report from edudemic.com  '10 Surprising Facts About Students Using E-Textbooks’ From a survey by eCampus.com. It would seem that not surprisingly some 98% of students own a digital device, but maybe that’s a bit too general, but putting this aside a surprising 73% of those students surveyed said ‘they would not be able to study without technology!’ When asked however why they chose eBooks almost half, 48% cited cost, not any kind of techno leverage, a little surprising I felt. So is there a perceived advantage academically in using eBooks? Well around two thirds of those surveyed felt there was an associated saving in time during the typical semester, however only 17% felt that this amounted to more than 3 hours, and with only 2% of students reporting that they used  mobile device in this role, for me seems to put a little question mark on some of those assumptions I keep coming across surrounding mLearning. When the students were asked if they would consider purchasing an eTextbook in the next semester 54% said maybe with only 38% confirming with a definite yes. From my own reading of the infographic, I must confess it does generate some questions, not least that while I agree eGooks are cheaper, a physical book can be re-sold, whereas the DRM (Digital Rights Management) on eBooks will almost certainly prevent this. What do you think, please feel free to comment.
I you are interested in getting started with infographics and I must say I do really enjoy the way they are cable to communicate the facts, then I came across a really nice video tutorial the other day from Linda Braun. The video, which lasts a little under 15 minutes Lynda shows how you can make an infographic using Visualy.ly well worth a view I felt.

1 Comments:

Blogger Cynic Observer said...

I don't know much about the current psychographic details of college students in the US, but I had taught at universities and schools in Asia. The (American) publishers do provide cheaper versions of their bounded textbooks here, much cheaper than what I would have bought if I were back in grad school in the US. Here, even at higher end private institutions, less than 20% of the students have access to higher end cell phones that could read e-books. Those with portable computers are not common, and most wouldn't bring these devices to school or colleges. They'd use them at home. So class activities requiring access to the textbook are not possible for those who would have bought e-books. From an educator's perspective, I'd say students should buy whatever version that they can easily access the most to study the material. Here it does not equal e-books.

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