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What to HE in FE students think about eBooks?

What to HE in FE students think about eBooks?



Sue Caporn, City of Bristol College

Sue Caporn, City of Bristol College



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    • Slideshow Title What do foundation degree students think of eBooks? Results of two Plymouth University Help-CETL projects
    • The projects•Two research projects,funded by PlymouthUniversity, between 2009and 2011•Aim of the projects:To find out howFdA/FdSC students useebooks and what theythink of them Images: Britannia Image Quest
    • The studentsFoundation degrees:•12 Early ChildhoodStudies students•12 Business students•18 Automotive Businessstudents•9 Engineering studentsTotal of 51 students
    • Methodology Year One:ebooks workshop, Early Childhood &followed by online Business studentsquestionnaire, thenfollow-up questionnairetwo months later Year Two: Engineering and Automotive students
    • Key findings:Impact of ebooks workshops early in the course After the workshops: 90% of all groups said they felt confident about using ebooks Over 80% said they would change the way they researched
    • Key findings:Students prefer to accessebooks via the catalogue Nearly 70% of students in all groups who had used ebooks had accessed them via the library catalogue, rather than each service individually
    • Key findings of the projects: Technology students more positive about ebooks•Over half the Technology students had usedmore ebooks than print books – none of theEarly Childhood / Business students had•Technology students happier to read from thescreen•Higher usage of ebooks remotely (60% ofTechnology students used them mostly fromhome)
    • Key findings of the projects: Satisfaction levels high amongst ebook users•Over 90% of students of all subjectswho had used ebooks were satisfied withthem•All ebook users said they were likely touse them again
    • However, some students still need convincing...•Only half the students of all subjectshad used ebooks•Many students prefer print books•Some don’t like eBooks and find themhard to search
    • Advantages of eBooksTop three advantages were: Quick and easy access any time Keyword searchingConvenience – don’t need “They’re a very to go to library / carry good resource to heavy books / return use and find books relevant information”
    • Disadvantages of eBooksTop three disadvantages were: Hard to search Need computer and Internet access Prefer print books “I feel I tended to scan through them to find what I needed instead of reading them like I would a normal book”
    • Recommendations for LRCs 1We need to buy both: eBooks whenavailable, but buy print copies inadditionMake eBooks more easily accessible: •through the the catalogue • resource discovery service? •embed in course pages and reading lists on the VLE
    • Recommendations for LRCs 2Promote and deliver eBook workshops/ demos to show students how to findand use eBooksPut pressure on eBook suppliers tomake eBooks easier to search and useand more titles downloadable
    • Slideshow Title Sue Caporn sue.caporn@cityofbristol.ac.uk City of Bristol College