University Libraries & Learning Sciences Faculty and Staff Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Abstract

Our ability to make informed decisions about ebooks is constrained by our limited understanding of how students perceive and use them. A team of librarians and a professor in learning sciences asked graduate students to serve as informants on student experience with ebooks. In two semester-long studies we analyzed student work, focusing on barriers and affordances they identified. In the first cohort, students who chose to explore ebooks uncovered affordances. In the second cohort, student comfort levels with PDF formats increased, while comfort with ebooks decreased. We discuss strategies for minimizing challenges and increasing desirable difficulties to support ebooks as learning tools.

Publisher

Association of College & Research Libraries

Publication Title

College & Research Libraries (forthcoming)

ISSN

2150-6701

Keywords

electronic books, ebooks, learning, study

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