E-texts will read students

In a year or so, when students read e-textbooks, the books may be reading students’ “engagement” and study habits.

Community college instructors are “flipping” — putting lectures online to use class time for discussion, coaching and collaboration.

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  1. So, even if a used non-e-text exists, a student won’t be allowed to use it? Two students can’t pool their funds to share textbooks? (Two textbook purchases rather than one is certainly an advantage for the textbook publisher.) Is the purpose of this really to track student “engagement,” or to require students to purchase new textbooks?

    I would not be in favor of this. Different students interact with texts in different manners. Some will write notes in a reading notebook on the side. Some will highlight the text. Others will read through the textbook quickly. Some may even find the text useless, and turn to a better textbook to learn the material.

    Requiring students to use the same textbook in the same manner, at the same rate, is silly for college texts. If you police students’ behavior at that level, it isn’t college. More data points about student behavior aren’t automatically useful.