Turn on the book: Using affordance theory to understand the adoption of digital textbooks by university lecturers

Debborah Smith*, Jeffrey E. Brand, Shelley Kinash

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Abstract

Adoption of digital textbooks in higher education has been slower than was expected. This paper presents preliminary findings from a study conducted at a small Australian university looking into how lecturers use digital textbooks. The pilot research indicated that the slow uptake may be explained by academic perception; participants indicated a strong preference for printed books, particularly related to capacity for accessing content. This pointed to a definitional property in that they largely conceived of an etextbook as a digital replica of a printed book. Not all lecturers were aware of enhanced digital textbooks, but generally agreed that it could be advantageous to have such content integrated into a central resource. Lecturers furthermore acknowledged the need to understand the affordances of educational technologies and their application to learning and teaching. Affordances theory is used to consider the knowledge required to effectively implement the full range of resources available in digital textbooks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectric dreams
Subtitle of host publication30th Ascilite conference proceedings
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherASCILITE
Pages812-820
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781741384031
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Electric Dreams - Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20134 Dec 2013
Conference number: 30th

Conference

ConferenceAnnual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2013
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period1/12/134/12/13

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    Smith, D., Brand, J. E., & Kinash, S. (2013). Turn on the book: Using affordance theory to understand the adoption of digital textbooks by university lecturers. In Electric dreams: 30th Ascilite conference proceedings (pp. 812-820). ASCILITE.