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Interesting facts about e-textbooks

Advantages, way of use, myths

Electronic textbooks (e-textbooks) are an essential component of modern educational technology. They can be used both in a traditional classroom and as part of distance learning.

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Advantages 

Electronic textbooks have many advantages.

- They can be offered at lower prices.

- They make it easier to track student progress.

- They are easily updated with new information.

Interactivity

One of the great advantages of an e-textbook is that it offers students the opportunity to access multimedia content such as videos, interactive presentations, links, etc.

Digitalization also makes education accessible for students with disabilities. For example, high contrast displays or text reading programs can greatly help students with vision problems. At the same time, they will use the same textbooks as their classmates.

Devices

Because an e-textbook can be used through an electronic device, such as a laptop or e-reader, schools and universities need to determine how to ensure that all students have access to the appropriate type of device. An alternative to this plan is for students to bring their own devices to class - this is the so-called Bring Your Own Device method. It would reduce costs for institutions, but there are two other problems:

  • Some students' devices may not be compatible with e-textbooks.
  • Students who do not have their own laptop, tablet, e-reader or smartphone are automatically excluded from the learning process.

3 myths about e-textbooks

The debate over whether e-textbooks will replace traditional print editions is intensifying. Take a look at the main myths.

Myth #1. Cannot be used for extended periods of time.

Many people believe that e-textbook access is for a set period of time. It isn't. The student who purchased it can use it for years to come. Moreover, it is much more durable than its paper counterparts.

Myth #2. Students learn better with traditional textbooks.

The main problem associated with the usability of electronic textbooks is that the text in them is divided into columns. This makes reading them much more difficult. Of course, this can easily be changed. Publishers need to take a more correct approach, personalise the content and make it compatible with all devices.

Myth #3. Without access to the internet, an e-textbook is useless.

Almost every home and most schools now have access to the internet. In the rare cases where Internet access is not available, students and teachers will be able to print texts and learning materials for free.

Conclusion

Electronic textbooks are still in their infancy. But they would be very useful for students as they save money and make the learning process much more efficient.

Source: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-12-05-facing-the-facts-four-common-objections-to-digital-textbooks.

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