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Sunday, May 15, 2011

E-Textbooks Flunk a Test?

In Nicholas Carr's Roughtype blog, a look at early experiments with e-textbooks. Does not look good, but again, with many adjustments, likely inevitable:

" ... But schools may want to pause before jumping on the e-textbook bandwagon. This morning, at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, a team of researchers from the University of Washington, led by doctoral student Alex Thayer, is presenting the results of a year-long study of student reading, and the findings suggest that e-readers may be deeply flawed as replacements for traditional textbooks. Students find the devices cumbersome to use, ill-suited to their study routines, and generally underwhelming. Paper textbooks, it seems, may not be quite as obsolete as they appear.... "

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