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Do E-textbooks Impact Learning Outcomes?

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International Journal on E-Learning Volume 15, Number 3, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


The primary focus of this study was to determine if student learning outcomes in an undergraduate Statistics course differed based upon the type of textbook used (e-textbook or hardcopy). Fifty-six students enrolled in the course were allowed to choose textbook type. After controlling for student demographics and academic preparedness, student learning outcomes for those who used the hardcopy textbook were significantly higher than for those who used the web-based e-textbook. Though e-textbooks offer many potential benefits to students, this finding suggests that adoption of e-textbooks within courses should be guided by the impact on student learning.


Fike, D., Fike, R. & St. Clair, N. (2016). Do E-textbooks Impact Learning Outcomes?. International Journal on E-Learning, 15(3), 313-325. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 3, 2020 from .


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