“Teaching with Digital Texts” presentation

At the Ohio Digital Commons for Education conference yesterday I had the privilege of chairing a panel for a session called “Teaching with Digital Texts: Comparative Experiences from the Field“. The panel was a mixture of the principle investigators and the publisher representatives from two pilot projects that ran last fall testing the economics and suitability of enhanced digital learning materials. The abstract of the session and the participants were:

The eText Ohio project piloted the use of digital learning materials in two large undergraduate courses in 2007: Introduction to Psychology at Miami University and Introductory Biology for non-majors at the University of Dayton. This panel — made up of the faculty, learning technologists, researchers, and publishers involved in the pilots — will share data and experiences regarding teaching strategies, student learning, and opportunities and issues associated with using non-print resources as the fundamental texts of instruction.

  • Daniel Bartell / Pearson Publishing
  • Kevin Feyen / Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing
  • Leonard S. Mark, Professor of Psychology / Miami University
  • David J. Wright, Director of Curriculum Innovation and E-Learning / University of Dayton

A longer introduction and description of the pilot projects is on the conference wiki. Some of the data points we learned through the pilots are in that document and in the presentation slides from the session. We plan to published a longer exploration of the data, but the short version is that students appeared to do as well on examinations in classes where the enhanced digital materials were used, and the price of the content to the student was roughly half that of the purchase price of a new paper textbook.

Update 2008-03-10T11:11 : The Dayton Daily News has an article today on the e-textbook pilot program at the University of of Dayton. Thanks, Nicole, for sending me the link.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/03/09/ddn031008textbooks.html to http://web.archive.org/web/20080828160220/http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/03/09/ddn031008textbooks.html on November 13th, 2012.

(This post was updated on 03-Jun-2014.)