Study shows that students reading e-textbooks on iPads do not perform better with or favor e-textbooks over hard copy textbooks.
In this study done by Framingham State University, a classroom was divided into three groups in order to study the efficiency, likability, and success of students using iPads to read e-textbooks vs. a standard hard copy textbook. One-third of a Human Anatomy class were given iPads with e-textbooks downloaded on them, one-third of the class used hard copy versions of the same text, and the final third of the class chose not to participate in the study. I believe the data and information concluded from this study is valid because all the participants were in the same class with the same professor all during the same semester, as well as because I have had experience will both forms of texts that makes the results relatable to me and the feedback given seem relevant.
The results of this study showed that the group of participants using e-textbooks on the iPads did not perform extremely better nor worse than those students using hard copy textbooks. Although, the participants did give other feedback that was significant in terms of their opinion on the use of iPads for educational purposes. What was concluded was that students using the iPads enjoyed their portability and the fact that they did not have to lug around a heavy textbook just to look at a few pages. They also found that their skills with the iPad greatly increased as their semester in the class progressed. Many students even said that they would like to use for schoolwork outside of this particular class if they had owned a personal iPad. However, not all the feedback from the iPad and e-textbook users was positive. Participants from this group were said that they would have preferred a physical keyboard and mouse to help make iPad functions easier, were concerned that the iPad was not easy to print from, and also were dissatisfied with the highlighting and annotating features with the e-text. In conclusion, 47% e-textbook users said they would rather use hard copy over the e-text. This data as well as feedback from the participants of the study is extremely insightful for the future of education and the debate of where technology's place is within the classroom.