E-Texbooks for Student’s E- Resources Challenges and Opportunities in Universitas Terbuka ISODEL 2012-Dimas Agung Prasetyo /T. Eduard AZ
BackgroundAs an ODL institution UT:• provides flexibility and option for student independence in learning.• provides learning support services for the students.• has commitment developing e-resources for students.
Ruang Baca Virtual• Initiated project in the middle of 2011• Need to answer 2 main problems – Logistical problem when providing printed textbook to the students – Widening access to learning materials / textbooks• Free for UT Students• Pros and Cons:
Pros..• The needs to provide access to learning materials for the students.• The advancement developments in technology and the Internet.• Organizational supports
Cons• Printed Textbook development cost• Textbooks sales as one of UT main revenues• Digital security, how to prevent piracy in digital world
Development Approach• Security is the top priority• Platform selection – Flash VS HTML5 – Flash was selected• Two modules – Repository – E-Reader• Login required• Launched in January 2012
RBV Today• More than 900 E-textbooks. The collections are planned to be increased by 2013.• Total 17,114 students have accessed and read e-textbook since January 2012 to May 2012 with average time of visit is 4:15 minute• 26.52% growth rate each week. Peak access are 1-2 weeks before final exam.• Average page accessed are 3 pages each visit
Conclusion• There are no conclusive evidences that RBV would disrupt printed textbooks sales• RBV and Printed Textbooks are complementary for students
Further Development• Increased security, bug fixes, user usability fixes.• Expand to tablets (android) using HTML5
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