Sarah HarperEDET7805/28/13Dissertation Reviews
There has been a steady increase in the use of electronic textbooks in highereducation, many academic libraries are increasing their purchases of electronictextbooks and vastly decreasing their purchase of print books. I am interestedin two factors related to the use of e-textbooks in higher education. Firstly instudent preference for print vs. e-textbooks, and secondly in the efficacy of e-textbooks vs. print textbooks.
Kissinger, J. S. (2011).
A collective case study of mobile e-book learning experiences.
University of North Florida).
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses,
This dissertation explored the learning experience of students using mobile e-book readers. It was a multiple case study design using descriptive summariesof student cases, student and instructor interview data, and cross casesynthesis. The researcher reached six main conclusions. First, students feltcompetent in use of mobile ebooks. Second, Students expressed feeling of highself-efficacy when using the mobile e-books. Third, Students valued the use of e-books in learning. Fourth, students were individualized and metacognitive intheir learning. Fifth, students enhanced their learning socially and withinsituated learning opportunities, and sixth, students and the instructor haddivergent views on the value of social interactive textbooks.
This study provided valuable insight into student feeling on the use of mobilee-textbooks. Most interesting was the result showing that students andinstructors had differing views on the value and utility of social interactivetextbooks. This is a challenge that I have seen in my work in the medicalschool and that I think is common throughout higher education. Students aremore comfortable with technology and want more of it in their class design,