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How do e-book readers enhance learning opportunities for distance work-based learners?

Nie, M., Armellini, A., Witthaus, G. and Barklamb, K. (2011) How do e-book readers enhance learning opportunities for distance work-based learners? Research in Learning Technology. 19(1), pp. 19-38. 2156-7069.

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Abstract: We report on the incorporation of e-book readers into the delivery of two distance‐taught master’s programmes in Occupational Psychology (OP) and one in Education at the University of Leicester, UK. The programmes attract work‐based practitioners in OP and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, respectively. Challenges in curriculum delivery included the need for more flexibility in the curricula, better access to essential readings and maximising the benefit of learners’ limited study time. As part of a suite of pilot changes to curriculum design and delivery, 28 Sony PRS‐505™ e‐book readers were pre‐loaded with course materials and sent out to students. The evidence suggests that the students’ learning experiences improved as a result of four key benefits afforded by the e‐book readers: enhanced flexibility in curriculum delivery to accommodate the mobile lifestyle of our learners, improved efficiency in the use of study time, especially short breaks during the working day, new strategies for reading course materials and cost. We discuss the opportunities and limitations associated with the e‐book readers used and the challenges encountered in the study
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-book reader, distance learning, work-based learning, m-learning, flexibility, innovation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2371 Graduate education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1044.84 Mobile communication systems in education
L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education > LC5800 Distance education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z1019 Special classes of books > Z1033.E43 Electronic books
Creators: Nie, Ming, Armellini, Alejandro, Witthaus, Gabi and Barklamb, Kelly
Publisher: Association of Learning Technology
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: 2011
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 19-38
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Learning Technology
Volume: 19
Number: 1
Language: English
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687769.2010.548506
ISSN: 2156-7069
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5106

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