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Other than paying the usual costly tuition and laboratory fees, buying textbooks can be another sting from education. In 2013, research has shown that the mean of each student in universities need to spend more than $200 per quarter on textbooks. Luckily, in these few years, technology has developed to save us from this terror.
Students at Indiana University (IU) are saving more than $3 million dollars every year because of the eText, a digital textbook. “Digital textbooks and course materials should cost less and do more for learning… We see that happening in IU’s rapidly growing eText program as it is growing 50 percent year-over-year in 2,600 course selections” says IU Vice President for IT, Brad Wheeler, in the article.
eText allow students do have a “day one access” which means students can get the course material from the first day of class. This activity opens a channel for communication and collaboration between instructors and students. We can share notes and work together with classmates through our own digital device. “I do a lot of active learning in my courses, and if you don’t have the textbook you can’t really participate,” says IU professor Nancy Evans, an early adopter of the digital tool. It is true that some school courses require textbooks and students have to purchase and study them in order to learn. However, the innovation of eText is trying to change the mainstream by suggesting colleges provide digital components/materials. Plus, students only need to pay a max of $80 instead of paying $200 every quarter to access all the resources. It is sustainable, cheap, and way lighter.
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