Wednesday, November 4
3:15-3:30 PM
Room 2

Unlimited E-Book Subscription As A Solution to Increase Student Access to Quality Learning Materials

Brief Paper: Research Based Live Presentation ID: 58138
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    Nicole Hollywood
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  2. Kathy Quinn
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  3. Leesa Thomas-Banks
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Abstract: Recently, with Covid-19, higher education found itself rapidly pivoting as a global pandemic forced the sudden shift to remote learning resulting in a dramatic rise in the use of digital learning resources (Lederman, 2020; Pressman, 2020; Rowe, 2020). This unprecendent rise in e-learning has pushed many in academia away from overpriced textbooks and towards digitized content (Dignan, 2020) and immersive augmented learning software (Govindarajan and Srivastava,2020). Accordingly, integrated digital learning solutions are now seen as more valuable than traditional textbooks selling for much less with greater profit margins and with greater acceptability by todays learners who see them as having a more substantive monetary value (Lambert; 2020). In the Fall of 2018, a mid-Atlantic minority serving institution, become an early adopter of a one-price per semester unlimited e-book and interactive digital learning solution subscription service. In order to evaluate the efficacy of the adoption, a student satisfaction and perceived learning efficacy survey was created and distributed. According to the findings, most students have been concerned about paying for books in the past, feel that college textbooks cost too much, believe that the subscription plan helps students save money, and would like to see it adopted in all of their classes. Most notably, unlimited e-book subscription services were found to be the most highly favored among students with financial concerns

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