Usability and usefulness of eBooks on PPCs: How students' opinions vary over time

  • Paul Lam The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Shun Leung Lam The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • John Lam The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Carmel McNaught The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Abstract

The number of academic eBooks in university libraries is increasing. Reading digital materials such as newspapers is valued in Hong Kong; however, students' perceptions of the value of reading academic eMaterials are not well known. In this study we investigated 12 students' use of academic eBooks on mobile readers in two ways. Six students had brief introduction to eBooks and they reported their first impressions of the technology. The other six students had a 12-week eBook reading period that was closely monitored by the research team. The experiences from the two groups of students generally affirmed that the technology has potential to enhance teaching and learning in a university setting. However, the experiences (especially of the long-term users) highlight a number of challenges that need to be addressed.

 

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Author Biographies

Paul Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
Shun Leung Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
John Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
Carmel McNaught, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
Published
2009-02-19
How to Cite
Lam, P., Lam, S. L., Lam, J., & McNaught, C. (2009). Usability and usefulness of eBooks on PPCs: How students’ opinions vary over time. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1179