Recommending Highlights on Students’ E-Textbooks
Friday, March 22 10:15-10:45 AM Location: Wilshire A
Abstract: Using highlighters on textbooks is considered as one of the important learning activities of students. Digital educational materials enable us to record such activities and analyze the relationships between the use of highlighters and academic performances. However, it is not well-understood how highlight recommendations on students’ e-textbook affect their learning. This study reports the result of suggesting to students highlighting regions of digital materials in a university course that 2,653 first-year students took. We generated a set of regions to suggest based on last year’s highlights, and give it to about 1,200 students of the course. We quantified the responses of the students, and performed comparative analysis. Although our analysis showed no significant difference in quiz scores, it revealed that suggestions could result in more highlighter usage. Furthermore, the importance of the way of teaching is indicated by the analysis comparing three classes.