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Dissertation Reviews EDET780
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Sarah HarperEDET7805/28/13Dissertation Reviews
Introduction
 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.
Dissertation #1
Kissinger, J. S. (2011).
A collective case study of mobile e-book learning experiences.
University of North Florida).
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses,
Summary
 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.
Review
 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,
 
while faculty lag behind in its adoption. Faculty development in terms of technology will only become more and more important as time goes on.
Dissertation #2
Smith, B. A. (2008).
A quantitative analysis of the impact of e-book format on student acceptance, usage and satisfaction.
Capella University).
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses,
171. Retrieved from
 
Summary
 This dissertation examined the acceptance, usage, and satisfaction of e-bookformats by students. The focus was the application of the technology acceptance model (TAM). The study aimed to identify the preferred e-bookformat, the preference differences between students in different generationalage groups, and the preference difference between online vs. on-campusstudents. The study found that there were differences in preferences forparticular formats by students with differences based on campus delivery method as well as by generational age groups. The largest preference was foran e-book format that can be read online and downloaded as a PDF for offlinereading. The baby boomer age group also had a preference for an option toprint.
Review
As more schools move towards adopting e-books, the question of formatbecomes an important one. It is not enough to look only at whether or notstudents prefer e-books. Research like the study performed in this dissertationis vital. The results are valuable for schools and libraries that are purchasing e-books. They need to pay attention to what types of e-book formats are availableand which match best with their student population. Also important is the factthat preferences differ based on the type of student and age group. As the baby boomer age group leaves higher education to be replaced by younger (perhapsmore technologically savvy students) preferences for e-book format may changeas well.

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