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Students Still Not Yet Ready for Digital Textbooks

19 Jun

While publishers are increasingly creating and selling digital materials and students increasingly have the devices on which to consume that content, only 3% of students last semester used a digital textbook as their primary course material (for a specific course). That’s down from 4% for the fall semester.

Overwhelmingly, students prefer print, according to the survey of 1,540 undergraduate college students at both four-year and two-year institutions of higher education.

When asked why, about half “prefer the look and feel of print;” nearly half say they like to highlight and take notes in the textbooks; and a third cite that they can’t re-sell digital textbooks.

Among those few students who prefer digital textbooks to print, the reasons are the price, the ability to search the text and how easy they are to carry around.

According to U.S. director of Bowker Market Research, Carl Kulo, who developed the research, price and benefit to the student are the main factors that influence students to try and use new and different course materials. Read more on the digital textbook Bowker Market Research

Indiana State University compares Paper vs iPad Textbooks

10 May

Research by an Indiana State University doctoral student found that students did equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one.

Jim Johnson, who also is director of instructional and information technology services in the Bayh College of Education, surveyed more than 200 students. Half of the students used an iPad2 to read a textbook chapter while the other half of the students read from a printed textbook chapter. The students then took an open-book quiz with eight easy and eight moderate questions on the chapter.

“Few people have done a lot of research into what I’m doing,” Johnson said. “Mine directly ties performance with perception by undergraduates.”

Johnson’s research specifically examined three questions: Are there any significant differences in reading comprehension test scores of students when using paper texts versus digital texts? Are there any differences in reading comprehension test scores with regard to gender or between text formats and gender? Is there a relationship between the hours of experience using tablet computers and reading comprehension test scores among study participants?

“No matter what the format, no matter what the preference, they did well,” he said. “It was interesting that the gender didn’t matter on the test scores.”

Men had a mean score of 12.87 out of 16 while women had an average score of 13.60 out of 16. Students age 21 had an average score of 13.87 out of 16 while students 25 and older had an average score of 13.5 out of 16.

He also found that there was no significant difference on test scores whether or not the participant had past experience on a tablet.

“The delivery method didn’t make any difference,” he said.

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Are eBooks really textbooks?

7 Feb

Textbook publishers boast that their most recent electronic products should not even be called “textbooks.”  They are  actually programmes built to supply a mixture of text, videos, and homework projects.  But delivering them is just the start.  No old-school textbook was capable of being customised for each student in the lecture room.  The books never graded the homework.

And while they contain sample examination questions, they could not administer the test themselves.  One publisher calls its items “personalized learning experiences,” another “courseware,” and one insists upon utilizing its own brand, “MindTap.” For the moment, this fresh product might be called “the object previously called the textbook.” So far publishers produce only a controlled number of titles in these born-digital formats, and the amount of professors allotting them is comparatively little.

Only about two % of textbooks sold at school bookstores are absolutely digital titles, according to an assessment of 940 bookstores run by Follett Further Education Group. But if these new categories of textbooks catch on, they raise issues about how much control publishers have over curriculum and the teaching process, as online education expands.  “It’s not a textbook, it’s a whole course,” asserts Jean Wisuri, director of distance learning at Cincinnati State Technical and Community  Varsity , describing a product called Course360, from Cengage Learning.  “It has activities built right into the textbook itself.” A professor could fundamentally depend on a Course360 title as the full curriculum in a web course, letting scholars loose in the system and having them teach themselves.  The Course360 titles connect to the university’s learning-management system, linking them right into an institution’s existing virtual lecture room.  As these “courses in a box” continue to get better though , they could shift the professors ‘ role to be more like pilots on modern commercial planes, who let the autopilot do the flying except when they must step in.

Strange Scholarships

12 Mar

By Katherine L Dane

Having a college education is important, and it doesn’t matter if it’s from an accredited online college or a traditional college. However, some people decide not to go to college because they simply cannot afford it. That’s why scholarships and grants were invented. If you are like me though, you probably think you would never qualify for a scholarship. Well, think again. As I was told when I first started my college career, you should apply to any and all scholarships that are out there. You never know. One guy applied for a scholarship that was only taking female applicants, but since he was the only one who applied, they granted him the scholarship. If you think that is weird, check out some of these scholarships. Keep in mind these are in fact real scholarships.

Are you tall? Abnormally tall? Under the age of 21? If you answered yes, to those, then you may want to look into the TCI Scholarship Award that is offered at the Tall Clubs International Convention. TCI awards up to $1,000 each to students who are under the age of 21 and meet the height requirements, 5′ 10″ for women and 6′ 2″ for men. The downside is if you are interested in this scholarship, you can only be considered through a local TCI Member Club. So, contact your local TCI Member Club today to try and get your scholarship.

Can you quack like a duck? You may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship through the Chick & Sophie Major Memorial Scholarship Duck Calling Contest. The contest is for high school seniors who can do the best duck calls. You have to perform four duck calls in 90 seconds: hail, feed, mating, and comeback. The Grand Prize winner of the contest is awarded $2,000, the 1st runner-up gets a $1,000 scholarship, 2nd runner-up will receive $750, and the 3rd runner-up receives $500. In order to participate, you must register through the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce in Stuttgart, Arkansas. So, start practicing those calls. Quack!

I think Captain Kirk went to college, matter of fact, I am sure of it. He probably also got his funding from the Klingon Language Institute. Again, these are real scholarships. The Kor Memorial Scholarship if for students in the field of language studies. You must be a full-time student, undergraduate or graduate, and be in a program for a degree in language. To be considered, an academic department chair, head, or dean nominates you. You must submits a nominating letter, two letters of recommendations, a statement of what you goals, plans, and/or purpose is for being in this field, and you must submit a resume of C.V.. Only one $500 scholarship is awarded per year, so look up the Kilngon Language Institute for more information. For those of you who aren’t studying language but want to be like Captain Kirk, you may want to look into The Starfleet Academy Scholarship. Live long and prosper, and good luck.

Duct tape can be good for fixing all sorts of things: shoes, car side mirrors, ducts, and your college finances. If you like fashion and duct tape, then you may qualify for The Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest. You and your date create your outfits, shoes, and accessories with, you guessed it, duct tape. You must be at least 14 years of age, in high school, and be attending a school-sanctioned prom. In order to enter the contest, you must be a member of the Duck Tape Club. The first place winner will receive $5,000 each, second place gets $3,000 each, third place gets $2,000 each and seven more “runner up” couples receive $500 each. So make you prom plans early and stick to them.

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