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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Engineering Libraries Division Poster Session

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Engineering Libraries

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Page Numbers

24.1183.1 - 24.1183.17



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Adeel Khalid Southern Polytechnic State University

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Adeel Khalid, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Systems Engineering
Office: 678-915-7241
Fax: 678-915-5527

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Mir M. Atiqullah Kennesaw State University

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Rajnish Singh Southern Polytechnic State University


Beth Stutzmann Southern Polytechnic State University

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Dr. Beth Stutzmann, is the Director of Bands at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta,Georgia where she received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music (BMEd); earned a master's degree from Oklahoma City University in Horn performance and in 2010 was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA.

Holding dual music educator certifications (PreK-12) in two states, Dr. Stutzmann is a member of the Research Learning Community (RLC) at her University and is actively involved in presenting and publishing multidisciplinary research studies.

In 2012, Dr. Stutzmann received the Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellowship award. In 2012, she also earned a mini-grant to research information on non-traditional students. In 2013, Dr. Stutzmann earned mini-grants to complete research on Flipped Classroom Pedagogy and another grant to research and co-author a paper regarding student engagement and critical thinking. Dr. Stutzmann has presented locally and nationally at many conferences. She is also the lead adviser for the National Society of Leadership and Success at SPSU.

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Text Books: eBooks or PrintAbstractIn this research, the student book buying patterns are studied. ebooks are becoming more andmore common. Based on a research survey, we analyze whether students prefer ebooks or printeditions. Comparisons are done across disciplines, level of the course (freshman to graduate),whether the student owns a laptop / desktop / tablet, student work commitments, financial needs,and age; among other factors. Some professors give the option of using the ebooks, while othersdo not. Students may or may not know about the availability of ebooks for their courses and thismay impact their decision to choose either option. Students may make decisions to purchaseebooks or print edition based on cost, readability, availability, and ability to take notes, impacton the environment, and ease of use, logistics and the level of the usage of the book in a givencourse. Students also take into account the resale value of the book at the end of the semester.These and other factors that lead to the student choice are studied. The goal of this study is tounderstand student book buying behaviors. Authors hope that both students and faculty memberscan be made aware of the various text book options available so they can make the best choicesgiven the individual circumstances.The preliminary results indicate that a large number of students and faculty members are notaware of the eBook option available for their courses. However this trend seems to be changingrapidly. It was also observed that majority of the students’ still preferred printed version of thebook. The top reasons for their preference included availability and ease of use in terms of takingnotes, highlighting, and finding particular sections. Those who preferred eBooks were soinclined because of their low cost; how much the book was actually needed for a given course;and logistics in terms of ease in carrying and access.

Khalid, A., & Atiqullah, M. M., & Singh, R., & Stutzmann, B. (2014, June), Text Books: eBooks or Print Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23116

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