Adopting E-Textbooks in Higher Education: Are You Ready?

Adopting E-Textbooks in Higher Education: Are You Ready?

Taralynn Hartsell (Valdosta State University, USA) and Sirui Wang (Colorado State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0238-9.ch021
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E-textbooks make digital learning content portable, transferrable, and searchable, increase students' engagement, and enable highly interactive learning opportunities. However, adopting e-textbooks in higher education is far from its confirmation stage. This chapter examines the relationship between the perceived attributes of using e-textbooks by instructors and their actual use of e-textbooks in higher education settings. Further, the study explores factors that prevent instructors from fully adopting e-textbooks in teaching and explains how to circumvent such challenges. Challenges of adopting e-textbooks for instructors in higher education have been revealed by the survey. The findings suggest that instructors, institutions, and e-textbook publishers should work collaboratively to enhance the adoption of e-textbooks in higher education.
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This study investigates the relationship between perceived attributes of e-Textbooks by instructors and their use of e-Textbooks in teaching, as well as the challenges that instructors experienced. The literature explores factors that influence instructors’ decisions of adopting e-Textbooks in higher education. The four main sections of literature that includes the influence of digital learning, digital content, adoption of e-Textbooks in education, and instructor perspective frame the environment in which this study takes place. Within this framework, Rogers’ (2003) perceived attributes and diffusion theory help guide the research design, data collection, and analysis of this study.

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