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Using an eTextbook and iPad: Results of a Pilot Program

Journal of Educational Technology Systems Volume 41, Number 1, ISSN 0047-2395


An eTextbook and iPad were used in a pilot program, and the impact on the course was assessed to guide the development of a college policy. Students in the course completed three questionnaires to provide feedback about their perceptions of the eTextbook and iPad. During the pilot program, students' perceptions of the usefulness, ease of use, and extent to which they enjoyed using the eTextbook increased. Students reported that the eTextbook made it easier for them to learn, and they preferred the eTextbook to a printed textbook. Students were neutral about the iPad's usefulness, but found it easy and enjoyable to use. Based on the students' feedback, it is recommended that an interactive eTextbook be used; that a course be redesigned to take advantage of eReader technology, especially if a tablet computer (iPad) is used; and that students be allowed to choose between an eTextbook and a printed textbook. (Contains 11 tables.)


Sloan, R.H. (2013). Using an eTextbook and iPad: Results of a Pilot Program. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 41(1), 87-104. Retrieved January 21, 2022 from .

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