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Evaluation of the VTEXT Electronic Textbook Framework

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Tablets, Mobile and Technology

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Computers in Education

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23.555.1 - 23.555.12



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John Oliver Cristy Virginia Tech

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Joseph G. Tront Virginia Tech

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Evaluation of the VTEXT Electronic Textbook FrameworkAbstractElectronic textbooks improve upon e-books in that they provide the user with the ability to gobeyond just reading material on a computer screen. E-textbooks provide students with all of theabilities provided by a hardcopy text, but also add many functions only possible with computersand Internet communication. Ideal e-textbooks allow users to annotate in the text with e-ink,mark important sections, search over the e-ink and the text, look up items in online dictionariesor encyclopedias, perform interactive reinforcement drills, execute simulations, collaborate withfellow students and instructors, and many other operations afforded by the power of theunderlying computer and the reach of the Internet connection.The VTEXT framework is designed to provide many of the desired features of an e-textbook insuch a way that it provides pedagogical value rather than just convenience for students. Manyso-called e-textbook solutions available today provide few features beyond those possible withhardcopy textbooks. The VTEXT framework is built as an add-in to Microsoft’s note-takingprogram, OneNote. OneNote provides many features which translate well from notebook to e-textbook such as inking and organization of content into pages, sections, and chapters. The add-in, once loaded into OneNote, provides features which facilitate the use of OneNote as a readerand as an educational tool while leaving in place OneNote’s strengths in note-taking,collaboration and search.This paper discusses the user experience, describes the evaluation of the VTEXT framework, anddiscusses results and feedback from user testing. The evaluation will consider factors such asusability, student learning performance, and satisfaction. The main areas of interest for theevaluation include effective note-taking in the e-text, rehearsal skills, facilitation ofcollaboration, ease of use for the student, improvements in integrating lectures and individualstudy, and the general utility of tools included in the plug-in such as the Bluetooth Scannerwhich allows pictures to be integrated into the e-textbook from an Android device. These resultswill be used to generate suggestions for further improved work in this area.

Cristy, J. O., & Tront, J. G. (2013, June), Evaluation of the VTEXT Electronic Textbook Framework Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19569

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