As a visual/tactile person, I’ve personally struggled with the notion of going to all-electronic books for any sort of reading – pleasure or academic. However, I’m not 100% sure students are getting a $100 return on investment on the required text for the hybrid course I am teaching this semester.
What are your thoughts on print and electronic texts? If we require a text in print should we also offer it in electronic format? Should we select e-texts that don’t offer a print option? How do we help students make informed decisions about print and e-text selection (i.e. prevent a student from purchasing an e-text but them simply attempting to print the entire thing)? Do you have an all-or-nothing preference for print or e-text? Why or why not?
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