From Publishing Perspectives:
CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by major publishers, announced the introduction of a new tool to help professors and “others” measure students’ actual involvement with electronic course materials.
For example, a student uses an introductory psychology e-textbook. That book can be integrated into the college’s course-management system. It will then track students’ behavior: how much time, let’s say, they spend reading; how many pages they look at, and exactly how many notes and highlights they make. That data will then get crunched into a score indicating the students’ level of “engagement” with the text.
The idea being that faculty members can then reach out to students showing low engagement, said Sean Devine, chief executive of CourseSmart. And colleges can also then evaluate the return they are getting on their investments in digital materials.
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