Today’s Commonalities discussion was lively, focusing on the usefulness of electronic textbooks and if they are of interest to faculty and students. Most of the comments focused on the ease of use and the need for the information to be free of a specific type of device. It has been noted in some articles that the best device is still the laptop, it is preferred by students because of its versatility. Other areas that were discussed were: access vs ownership, enhancing the information found in the text, how to still have “open book” tests without giving student complete access to the web, cost (still not cheaper than print in some cases), standard books vs customizing content for a class.
The next Commonalities Program will be on October 25 at noon on the 4th Floor of the IC. The topic will be the Digital Humanities. More information to follow.