An alternative to BlackboardTM? Student use of web-based textbook teaching and learning material

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This paper investigates the use of web-based textbook supplementary teaching and learning materials which include multiple choice test banks, animated demonstrations, simulations, quizzes and electronic versions of the text. To gauge their experience of the web-based material students were asked to score the main elements of the material in terms of usefulness. In general it was found that while the electronic text provides a flexible platform for presentation of material there is a need for continued monitoring of student use of this material as the literature suggests that digital viewing habits may mean there is little time spent in evaluating information, either for relevance, accuracy or authority. From a lecturer perspective these materials may provide an effective and efficient way of presenting teaching and learning materials to the students in a variety of multimedia formats, but at this stage do not overcome the need for a VLE such as Blackboard™.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGood practice guide in learning and teaching 8
EditorsJulie Green, Helen Higson
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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NameGood Practice Guide in Learning and Teaching
PublisherAston Business School

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