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Effects of e-textbook instructor annotations on learner performance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Serdar AbaciORCiD


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With additional features and increasing cost advantages, e-textbooks are becoming a viable alternative to paper textbooks. One important feature offered by enhanced e-textbooks (e-textbooks with interactive functionality) is the ability for instructors to annotate passages with additional insights. This paper describes a pilot study that examines the effects of instructor e-textbook annotations on student learning as measured by multiple-choice and open-ended test items. Fifty-two college students in a business course were randomly assigned either a paper or an electronic version of a textbook chapter. Results show that the e-textbook group outperformed the paper textbook group on the open-ended test item, while both groups performed equally on the multiple-choice subject test. These results suggest that the instructional affordances that an interactive e-textbook provides may lead to higher-level learning.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dennis AR, Abaci S, Morrone AS, Plaskoff J, McNamara KO

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Computing in Higher Education

Year: 2016

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Pages: 221–235

Print publication date: 01/08/2016

Online publication date: 11/03/2016

Acceptance date: 01/03/2007

ISSN (print): 1042-1726

ISSN (electronic): 1867-1233

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s12528-016-9109-x


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