A series of conversations with Dr. Sallie Reissman, Senior Director of Online Learning and Educational Technology at Wilmington University, a leader in the field of online learning. Since 2000, she has guided Wilmington University as the institution first implemented online course work, leading to fully online courses in 2007 and then the fully online degree programs that Wilmington University offers today. _______________________________________________________________________
Do you think electronic textbooks will eventually replace textbooks?
Dr. Reissman says, “Yes! There will probably always be printed fiction books, but textbooks will surely go completely digital sometime soon – just like newspapers and magazines. Textbooks have learning concepts that change often, particularly in scientific fields.”
Traditional textbooks are similar to old ‘static’ online courses, lacking in interactivity and student feedback.E-textbooks take learning further with interactive elements. Don’t know a word? You can instantly define it within an e-textbook. Plus, students can instantly test their comprehension of the material within some e-textbooks. Built in videos add to the experience and deepen learning.“Plus, e-books are green,” said Reissman, “so there’s no cost for printing. It’s faster to deliver the content to students, and easy to update the edition.”“However, the e-publishing industry is still evolving,” she said, “I would advise e-textbook publishers to include high quality learning objects and plug-ins to their textbooks.”Have you taken a class that used an e-textbook? What was your experience?
|Studying can be a very challenging. Not only do you have to find the time to study without distractions, but you also have to focus your mind to concentrate on the subject matter (coffee tends to help). Here are some helpful study tips when you are reading a textbook:
- First, break the chapter down into an outline in your own words. Then, underline the most important elements.
- Show the relationships each of the statements have to each other when arranging your notes.
- If there’s a summary in your textbook at the end of a section, read it first, then keep the points that it emphasizes in mind as you read through the section from the beginning.
- To reinforce your memory of the new vocabulary words in each chapter, try to incorporate them into your everyday conversations.
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