The future of electronic textbooks from a user perspective

Kimberly Anne Sheen, Yan Luximon

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Abstract

Electronic textbooks have been a popular research topic for decades. Yet, research on student perspectives in this area has been conducted in hindsight and focused on the existing technology. Still, future features are decided by publishers, universities, and academics with limited input from the actual students who would use them. This article identifies the components that university students feel facilitate their studies without linking them to a specific form of hardware and presents a general overview of the perception of textbook components. An online survey was designed to collect students’ opinion on each component outside of the constraints of technology. The survey found that university students believe that future electronic textbooks should include text, highlighting tools, bookmarks, supplemental multimedia content, language translation capabilities, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. By including the input of students in the design of the textbooks, a better educational tool could be designed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and Collaboration Technologies - 2nd International Conference, LCT 2015 Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages704-713
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319206080
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event2nd International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies, LCT 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20157 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9192
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies, LCT 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period2/08/157/08/15

Keywords

  • Education/training
  • Electronic textbooks
  • Human computer interaction
  • Interface tools
  • User perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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