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Work in Progress: E-Textbooks for Engineering CoursesAbstract:Considering the cost of textbooks, our library has been working to make copies oftextbooks available for all engineering courses. We purchase electronic copies oftextbooks when they are available for institutional access. In fall of 2011 we provided 41e-textbooks for 36 courses, or approximately 8% of all engineering courses, with anaggregate enrollment of 2072 students. In fall of 2012, we are providing 73 e-textbooksfor 62 courses, or approximately 15% of all engineering courses.To learn about students’ experiences in using the e-textbooks, in fall 2011 we sent a survey to the2072 students. We had 299 usable responses, for a 15% response rate. Results of the surveyhelped us compare various e-textbook formats on nine platforms. Findings from the surveyguided changes to some of our procedures for providing and announcing e-textbooks in 2012.We will continue our study this fall with a second survey.We provide access to books on various platforms including MyiLibrary, ebrary, EBL, Knovel,ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, Wiley, and Safari. Our survey asks students to rate usability inregard to ease of use, ease of access, reading, printing, sharing, taking notes, searching, andothers, and asks them to rate overall satisfaction.In our 2011 survey, 44% of survey respondents reported having used the e-textbooks. Of thosewho had used the e-textbooks, 67% expressed overall satisfaction with them.This paper discusses our survey findings for the two years of the survey by focusing on studentresponses to the usability questions and student responses to open questions. We also presentdata for individual e-book vendors in order to draw some comparisons in usability between thedifferent vendors.
Samuel, S. M., & Nicholls, N. H., & Lalwani, L. N., & Carter, D. S., & Grochowski, P. F. (2013, June), Students, Vendor Platforms, and E-textbooks: Using E-books as E-textbooks Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22494
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