E-Books: A Student’s Perspective (Podcast)


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With more and more students using e-books in their classes, as well as increasing numbers of educational institutions across the country incentivizing the switch over to e-books, we here at academic technology are wondering what kinds of questions we should be asking about them.  How would e-books in the classroom affect faculty teaching and student learning at William & Mary? How are students using e-books in their classes? And what can we do at academic technology to help ask and address these questions?

To start off our series of posts on e-books, Gene Roche sat down with undergraduate Nina Staeben, ’14, to discuss with her how she uses e-books in her classes. In this podcast, Nina and Gene talk about the cost of textbooks and the accessibility of e-books, as well as the nitty-gritty details of how, exactly, one might write a paper using an e-book version of a text (answer: with a pen and paper nearby!).


This post is part of a series on e-books at William & Mary.

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.