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Learner Satisfaction in eTextbook Co-reading: A comparative study of internal and external forums

Ncube, Sinini and Hussein Suleman (2017) Learner Satisfaction in eTextbook Co-reading: A comparative study of internal and external forums. In Proceedings The Ninth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2017), pages 101-108, Paris, France.

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Abstract

A textbook is a boundary object among students within given communities, in some instances, regions or the whole country. Students in such communities can engage collaboratively to study and gain better understanding of common content. While discussion forums have been an operative platform for social collaborations, learners are faced with the challenge of referencing their posts to linked informational resources. A system based on two chapters of a Python eTextbook was co-designed with students to evaluate its usefulness in supporting textbook based interactions. An experimental study compared the traditional external discussion forums to the developed internal forums which are embedded within eTextbooks. A systematic content analysis of learners' interactions demonstrates insights to their experiences, their needs and the potential benefits of combining discussion forums with eTextbooks to encourage more collaborations. Learners preferred internal forums.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:eTextbook; forums; interactions
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.3 COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION
ID Code:1229
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:25 November 2017