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Student engagement with e-texts: What the data tell us

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Serdar AbaciORCiD



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Key TakeawaysThis case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on students' actual use of and engagement with digital textbooks.In a typical semester, students read more in the first four weeks and less in later weeks except during major assessment times; in a typical week, most reading occurs between 5:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday, indicating that students use e-texts mainly as a self-study resource.Highlighting was the markup feature most used by students, whereas use of the other interactive markup features (shared notes, questions, and answers) was minimal, perhaps because of students' lack of awareness of these features.Research found that higher engagement with e-texts (reading and highlighting) correlated with higher course grades.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Abaci S, Quick JD, Morrone AS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Educause Review

Year: 2017

Online publication date: 09/10/2017

Acceptance date: 15/05/2017

Date deposited: 17/10/2019

ISSN (print): 1527-6619

ISSN (electronic): 1945-709X

Publisher: EDUCAUSE