[Athen] Fwd: E Book Reader question
ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Tue Feb 23 10:17:54 PST 2010
Good article -- thanks. What is the source?
Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
On Feb 23, 2010, at 8:56 AM, Laurie Vasquez wrote:
> Here is a reference that came out today.
> Highlighting E-Readers
> February 23, 2010
> Even before Apple announced the iPad, higher-education technologists
> predicted that e-book readers were on the brink of becoming a common
> accessory among college students; last fall, two-thirds of campus CIOs
> said they believed e-readers would become an *important platform for
> instructional resources* within five years, according to the Campus
> Computing Project.
> Now, as several major universities finish analyzing data from pilot
> programs involving the latest version of the Amazon Kindle, officials
> are learning more about what students want out of their e-reader
> tablets. Generally, the colleges found that students missed some of
> old-fashioned note-taking tools they enjoyed before. But they also
> that the shift had some key environmental benefits. Further, a
> of students embraced the Kindle fairly quickly as highly desirable for
> curricular use.
> If one clear consensus emerged from the studies that have been
> finalized at Princeton University, Case Western Reserve University and
> the University of Virginia*s Darden School of Business, it is this:
> For students who were given the Kindle DX and tried to use it for
> coursework, the inability to easily highlight text was the biggest
> lowlight of the experience.
> *Because it was difficult to take notes on the Kindle, because PDF
> documents could not be annotated or highlighted at all, and because it
> was hard to look at more than one document at once, the Kindle was
> occasionally a tool that was counter-productive to scholarship,*
> Princeton researchers wrote in a summary of their study, released
> *Many users thought that the addition of a touch screen and stylus
> would make for a much better device,* they wrote, noting that while
> the Kindle does allow students to digitally underline text, students
> not like having to type corresponding margin notes on the device*s
> The students also wanted it to be easier to navigate among annotated
> pages, and wished there was some way to impose a coding system for
> annotations, similar to how some students use differently colored
> highlighters to organize their annotations in bound books.
> Indeed, highlighting and note-taking went hand in hand with another
> feature students on multiple campuses considered important:
> Students did not like being unable to have multiple texts open at the
> same time.
> *When using books as sources to write papers, navigation is extremely
> important,* wrote one Princeton student. *I usually take a lot of
> notes on the books/articles that I am planning to cite. And when
> writing, I just go back and forth.*
> Students whose curriculum requires them to organize information culled
> from many different sources are particularly concerned with being able
> to navigate multiple documents at once, said Michael Koenig,
> director of
> operations at Virginia*s Darden School of Business, which also ran a
> Kindle DX pilot program last fall. Students at Darden typically have
> keep track of 125 different business cases in their first quarter
> Koenig said, and the Kindle was not always up to the task.
> *At the point where you need to highlight and notate in a fairly
> high-paced classroom - to be able to move back and forth between
> business cases, class readings, your own notations, your own
> your own analysis - It*s just not as flexible or nimble as having your
> paper notes or your laptop right there,* he said, adding that the
> Kindle was *not quite ready for prime time.*
> Students at Case Western, in addition to grumbling about
> *implementation of underlining, annotation, and bookmarking,*
> found it disorienting that the Kindle did not mark texts by page
> in the same way as their bound counterparts, which made it difficult
> them to follow along in class when professors kept instructing
> to turn to a particular page. Their most frequent complaint, according
> to a summary provided to Inside Higher Ed, was that they could not
> *flip* randomly through pages of a text - echoing the comments of
> some Princeton students who missed the ability to easily *skim*
> Of course, there were students on each campus who took to the Kindle
> more strongly than others. Lev Gonick, the chief information officer
> Case Western Reserve, referred to these more enthusiastic adopters as
> *power users,* and said they actually liked the annotation tools
> on the Kindle DX. Likewise, Koenig said some Darden students were
> enough to successfully juggle the trappings of business school on
> e-readers. *We had some of our tech-aggressive M.B.A.*s use it in
> the classroom successfully, and some even liked it for technical
> classes,* he said.
> But those students only comprised the top 15 percent or so of the
> Darden sample; most students fell in the next tier of users, who were
> not quite as comfortable navigating the device. That is to say, even
> the device was *ready for prime time* after all, the vast majority
> of students were not keen to use it.
> Koenig did note that the very aspect of the Kindle that at times made
> it inferior to a series of texts spread out on a desk proved
> advantageous in other contexts - such as traveling. While keeping
> of hundreds of texts, he explained, business students do a lot of
> traveling for internship and job interviews. Thus, being able to fit
> equivalent of reams upon reams of study materials on a 10-ounce gadget
> is a boon for the scholar-on-the-go. *If I*m taking off Wednesday
> for Thursday and Friday interviews, I don*t need to go through four
> class binders on the plane in order to not fall behind,* he said.
> The Princeton researchers also pointed out the green angle: Students
> who used the Kindle for academic purposes printed out half as many
> assignments as those who didn*t.
> But generally, students were more apt to use their Kindles for
> recreational reading - for which they don*t have to worry about
> annotation - while sticking to dead-tree texts for schoolwork. Whereas
> 75 percent of Darden students said they would not recommend the Kindle
> for other aspiring M.B.A.*s, about 90 percent said they would
> recommend it to family and friends for casual reading. *So they*re
> confirming for Amazon what Amazon already knew,* Koenig said, *which
> is that they*ve created a very good consumer product.* Scholarly
> aid, not so much.
> Gonick, of Case Western Reserve, remained optimistic about the
> prospects of the e-reader in higher education.
> *Asking real students about their experiences with a first generation
> e-reader reminds me of my first Kaypro in 1983. I could imagine its
> transformational capabilities, I just couldn't experience it myself in
> the first generation product,* Gonick wrote in an e-mail.
> *Next generation smartpads [sic], including the iPad and the Edge
> from Entourage, are true multi-functional devices that to varying
> degrees carry forward the strengths of the Kindle DX while adding
> additional features,* he said. *I believe higher education
> represents an important market for smartpad manufacturers because of
> demographic, market size, and trend setting nature of our service
> Stay tuned, the fun has just begun.*
>>>> Prof Norm Coombs <norm.coombs at gmail.com> 2/22/2010 5:33 PM >>>
> Hi ATHEN experts!!
> I got this question about e-readers. I have no idea whether any of
> are good enough for a school to buy or whether they are all real
> Please answer Bonnie directly or, if you reply here, I'll forward it
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>> Hello Marisol and Norm,
>> I have taken a number of the EASI webinars and courses from you over
>> past couple of years and I'm hoping you can help me with a question I
>> received from a colleague.
>> Our library is considering the purchase of e-book readers. They want
>> be sure they look at all the options before a decision is made.
>> They feel that Kindle is a definite no and that, so far, the iPad is
>> getting good press from the point of view of accessibility. Do
>> of you have any info on Nook (Barnes and Noble) or the Sony Ebook
>> Could you provide any thoughts
>> on which e-book readers would be good to purchase?
>> Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
>> Bonnie Robinson
>> University of Maine
>> Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies
>> 5717 Corbett Hall
>> Orono, ME 04469
>> 207-581-1084 ext. 1384
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