Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
Brian Evans, instructor in the Economics Dept. at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, has just made available the results of his study comparing the costs of using Open Textbooks vs traditional textbooks. Brian presents the factors involved in the study, statistics on the choices made by the students, student opinions, and some thoughts looking forward. Brian's Powerpoint presentation is attached to this blog post.
I talked with Brian about his results. One point that was summarized in this study, and also brought out in other studies, is that some students still like traditional textbooks and at times find them easier to use. Could it be caused by a deficiency in the tools (notebooks, touch screens, and associated s/w) that are in place to deliver the content? Hopefully with the new platforms such as the iPad and beyond, the user interface will improve and win more people over.