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I have attached the results of a survey i conducted at the conclusion of my Spring 2012 courses where I arranged a package of ebooks at a very good price to students in my four undergraduate classes. The first seven questions were multiple choice. perhaps more interesting were the following short answer questions that asked for their perception and comfort in reading and using ebooks. My conclusions in brief: price is a motivating factor and there is still a real discomfort with using ebooks on currently available screens (especially desktop computing workstations). Our books are not the "curl up in a comfy chair and read" type books. We use books at lab workstations as students do tutorials and reference them to complete assignments. In my opinion, the sit-up-straight computer work station is the next device that needs to be redesigned to make ebook useful in the classroom. I made iPads available to students in the classrom and, while that was better, it was still not the perfect solution. Eyes need to be on task-- not looking here and there, up and down. They lose place, focus and it contributes to discomfort with ebooks. Oh Mr. Dell. Please address the workstation! (I don't call on Apple because at this point the computers are not cost efficient for education labs.) ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
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Hi Susan, I'm new to the list. Not sure if this is the correct way to post a reply. I'm interested in your thoughts about etexts on the computer in the lab. Can you say more about why looking from an experiment to a book on the table is less disruptive than looking from the experiment to a computer screen? I'm very interested in why looking away to one form over another is more disruptive! Also - in many lab classes, etexts would seem to benefit from short video demos that show how to correctly do an activity in the lab - or a step-by-step simulation, etc... are the etexts your students using taking advantage of content formats that are unique to e-texts! This is great work, I'm very interested in your findings... We did a pilot project at ASU with Kindles for an advanced reading workshop - these are all more the "curl up and read" type books. We provided kindles for all the students with the books preloaded. We got a pretty resounding "meh" from them - -it was "ok", "fine", nice". We were expecting "wow", "fantastic", "amazing". Interesting times,