An Implementation and Evaluation of the Impact of e-Book Versus Traditional Textbook Delivery on Student Uptake and Use of Course Resources
This project evaluates the effectiveness of an e-book. The research in progress takes a case study approach (Yin, 1994), centered on a large common core first year course at RMIT University (Business Computing 1), delivered annually to in excess of 1200 Melbourne-based university business students, and to students studying off-shore at partner institutions. The students are being given the option of using a hardcopy text and CDROM, or an e-book. The e-book will facilitate students pulling information without direct access to teachers (Huang et al., 2005) via an electronic index and glossary. Further, academic use of the highlighting and annotation features of the e-book application is being explored to potentially improve the uptake and use of available resources both within and outside the classroom (Richardson and Lenarcic, 2007). Text was highlighted and ëAlertí, ìClarificationí, ëExtensioní and ëConnectioní annotations that reinforced scheduled activities were created. The e-book allows for just-in-time and customized delivery to flexible, full color screens (via notebooks, netbooks, iPhones, laptops, iPads and desktop computers), and has the potential to provide audio and video components, the ability for handwriting, as well as margins for note-taking and text highlighting (Egan, 2009).