Presenters: Aimee deNoyelles, UCF; Susan Dunn, Valencia College
In the first half of the presentation, Susan presents research from an exploratory study (in progress) of community college faculty attitudes, experiences, and beliefs surrounding the use of lower cost textbook solutions may provide us with a better picture of the overall perception of these solutions among such faculty, and may aid in informing future efforts to promote such solutions. The second half of the presentation focuses on the student perspective. A survey at the University of Central Florida was distributed to over 1000 students enrolled in a variety of class formats. Students were asked about the adoption, perceptions, and preferences regarding digital textbooks. Generally, it was found that adoption was relatively low. Rather than access or cost, it was familiarity and awareness of digital textbooks that emerged as the most important factors influencing adoption.