When a new semester starts students often excitedly read their syllabi for the upcoming classes. Then to their dismay, they realize there is a list of books they need to buy – with some books costing up to $300 a piece.
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Associate Director of Learning Technology Nori Barajas-Murphy and Web and Instructional Technology Librarian Erin Gratz discussed how students engage with textbooks in their “Faculty eAuthoring: A Taxonomy,” presentation Tuesday in the President’s Dining Room.
In a 21st century age of tablets, smartphones, smart cars and digital readers, the world of higher education still insists on using 500-page, printed textbooks for every course, each usually costing a pretty penny. It is time for college textbooks to catch up with the rest of the technology world.
Fifteen out of 20 University of La Verne students surveyed informally said that they buy their textbooks from various online sources – instead of the University of La Verne Bookstore.
With all the technological advancements, it is not surprising that technology at last has come to the aid of students with less expensive textbook alternatives.
Campus and community events for May 21, 2010.
The University of La Verne is now offering students the option of buying their books directly online from the ULV bookstore after registering for classes.
At La Verne and at most educational establishments, purchasing textbooks is like pulling teeth and can be almost more difficult than your final in statistics.