Donald A. Rieck Research Grant
CCUMC is dedicated to the improvement of
higher education through developing knowledge and practice in the area
of leadership in media and academic technology. The CCUMC research grant
is named in memory and honor of former CCUMC Executive Director Donald
A. Rieck, who contributed almost two decades of leadership to the
organization and mentorship of its members.
2012 Grant Recipient - "What are the Relationships Between E-textbook Usage and Student Learning?"
CCUMC Research Committee has selected the research project "What are
the Relationships Between E-textbook Usage and Student Learning?"
submitted by the research team of Samuel Van Horne, Kathy Schuh, and
Jae-Eun Russell from the University of Iowa for $20,000 in funding for
2012-2013. CCUMC's Research Committee and the University of Iowa
research team intend that this research will provide valuable guidance
to colleges & universities as they evaluate support for further
adoption of e-textbooks. This work will benefit both the CCUMC
membership in the evolving media and academic technology landscape, and
higher education as a whole.
The research team writes that while
electronic textbooks are gaining in popularity in higher education, some
studies have shown that students prefer traditional textbooks to
e-textbooks, while other studies have shown that students using
traditional textbooks and students using e-textbooks achieve similar
learning outcomes. Previous research has not often examined how students
use interactive features in e-textbooks (e.g., the ability to annotate
text, share notes with classmates, and post questions) and whether these
uses are related to learning outcomes. The research teams plans to
determine whether college students who use e-textbooks achieve better
learning outcomes than students who use traditional textbooks in similar
courses, whether annotation tools in the e-textbook is a predictor of
their learning outcomes, whether instructors who use e-textbooks
encounter roadblocks and which remedies, training, or instructions help
them to successfully integrate the e-textbook into their teaching. The
research will consist of a mixed-methods study examining the
relationship between e-textbook usage and learning outcomes at the
University of Iowa during their upcoming e-textbook pilot. The authors
will present their results in the CCUMC College & University Media
Review journal, and at a future CCUMC Annual Conference.