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E-book Devices as a Medium for Delivering Educational Material

Kurt Lushington.


E-books are easy-to-use lightweight portable devices with high quality displays that allow large amounts of text and pictures to be downloaded, stored and read in a convenient manner. As a medium for delivering text-based material e-books have several potential advantages over traditional print-based and on-line delivery systems and, hence, their attraction to educators. First, e-book devices permit a large collection of texts to be stored and accessed in one device, thereby, offering potential savings on photocopying and distribution and, as well, reducing the amount of material that students have to port around. Second, they permit the easy up-data of material. Third they allow text-searches within a document and texts from different documents to be hyperlinked. Finally, they can be restricted to work as read-only-devices and, thereby, not evoke the copyright limitations that apply to on-line texts and periodicals. As such, e-books represent a potentially useful medium for organising and integrating teaching material (e.g. books of readings, set texts, course guides, lecture notes, etc). To date, however, the delivery of teaching material using an e-book device has yet to be fully explored, especially from the perspective of students.

To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of e-book devices as an educational tool a pilot study was undertaken with eight students enrolled in a postgraduate counselling program. These students were mature-aged with limited experience in all forms of IT. Students received coursework material on e-book (Softbook Reader 250e) for one term followed by printed text for one term. Focus group and questionnaire were used to evaluate student experience and the utility of delivering coursework material using an e-book device. We found that e-book acceptance was high, students easily accommodated to reading and working with text in the e-book and that the e-book was preferred over printed text as a medium for reading and working with text.

Presenters

Kurt Lushington  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology
University of South Australia

Dr Kurt Lushington is an active researcher and teaches postgraduate counselling and psychology courses onshore and offshore in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is interested in new technologies in teaching

Keywords
  • E-book
  • Education
  • Research



(30 min Conference Paper, English)