Research Project Paper

Research Project Paper

Valterica James
RES 341
Week 1
Business Research Project Paper
July 13, 2010
The writer will analyze a peer reviewed article “Technology could ease textbook costs; Studies show students are slow to embrace new methods of learning”. In analyzing the article the research and purpose of the article will be defined, the problems under investigation, the method of research used and the conclusion of the research will all be discussed.
The Ohio Board of Regents recently gave handed out an award to Lynn Disbrow a Wright State University association professor of communication for digitizing a public speaking course’s materials causing a reduction of cost from $90 to $35. Offering students more resources at cheaper prices could reshape the textbook market in the coming decade by way of new technologies such as tablet computers, netbooks and handhelds. To help make courses more affordable colleges are slowly migrating course materials online while some are switching to digital versions.
However, studies show that due to funnier things like social networking students are slower go embrace the technology. According to OnCampus research done by Student Watch 2010, 74% of students still prefer printed textbooks and 60% are not sure if such technology is available on their campus. Students are taught in secondary education to use textbooks therefore it gives them the mental context for learning as being using textbooks.
Still in order to keep materials more affordable digital resources will play a big role in the future of education. With nearly all of the textbooks published by McGraw-Hill being available digitally companies are willing to offer materials anyway the market demands. With the vast variety of ways tablet computers can be used for learning the transition will come sooner than later. The idea of colleges and universities becoming paperless and providing students with course syllabus assignments and other requirements online will just be a matter of people moving into it.
In conclusion, the introduction of new technology has brought us into a digital age. The question of whether students prefer online textbooks and materials as opposed to printed textbooks and materials remains to be seen. While some students have embraced the idea of paperless learning others are still accustomed to more the traditional ways of learning thereby creating a market that sees this a less than viable option for now.

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