Evaluation of an interactive E-book as an effective resource for student engagement and learning in anatomy.

Trollope, Alexandra, Bellei, Maria, Woolley, Torres, and Harris, Ryan (2017) Evaluation of an interactive E-book as an effective resource for student engagement and learning in anatomy. In: [to be presented at] Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2017. From: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), 27-28 September 2017, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (In Press)

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Abstract

Use of E-books (or electronic textbooks) is increasing in tertiary education, and are starting to replace conventional paper textbooks. E-textbooks have several advantages over conventional paper textbooks, including portability and being able to incorporate interactive mediums (sound and videos). Additionally, if academics develop their own E-books, they can only include material that is very specific for their subject, have links to relevant websites, and include practice tests (Alkadi & Johnson 2009). However, it is very time consuming for academics to generate their own e-books, and there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of using E-books as a teaching resource in tertiary education. Thus, it comes as no surprise that current literature shows little uptake of e-books in tertiary education (Chong 2008). Empirical data is needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of E-Books in tertiary education.

Research Statement

Research Background Use of E-books (or electronic textbooks) is increasing in tertiary education, and are starting to replace conventional paper textbooks. E-textbooks have several advantages over conventional paper textbooks, including portability and being able to incorporate interactive mediums (sound and videos). Additionally, if academics develop their own E-books, they can only include material that is very specific for their subject, have links to relevant websites, and include practice tests (Alkadi & Johnson 2009). However, it is very time consuming for academics to generate their own e-books, and there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of using E-books as a teaching resource in tertiary education. Thus, it comes as no surprise that current literature shows little uptake of e-books in tertiary education (Chong 2008). Empirical data is needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of E-Books in tertiary education.
Research Significance Use of Embryology E-books significantly improved students’ learning experiences in the Anatomy practical class across ‘overall quality’, ‘level of engagement with the resources’ and ‘overall enjoyment of learning Embryology’ (though not ‘level of interaction with peers’). In particular, the E-book resource made most difference to male students’ quality of learning experiences, engagement with resources, and overall enjoyment in learning across the weekly Embryology topics.
Item ID: 49915
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: e-book, engagement, anatomy
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Conference program available at: http://www.acds-tlcc.edu.au/acsme-2017-submissions-open/

Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 04:34
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 20%
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