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eBooks are rapidly outgrowing sales of conventional paper media. Student can carry around hundreds of books on a single electronic device, access them remotely and manipulate content digitally. eBooks can be read on computers, smartphones and other e-book readers such as iPads and Amazon Kindle’s.

How can eBooks be used to advance student learning?

There is a wide range of eBooks available to all courses. eBooks can be used to develop learning and teaching in many ways. Firstly, they compliment an already ubiquitous use of mobile technology that students are familiar with and support a wide range of learning styles. Secondly, eBooks often supply supplementary material designed to enhance and test student learning. Thirdly, some eBooks allow for annotations to be made and then be shared with other students. As a result, such annotations can aid student learning by making reference to other eBooks or sources of information, making the e-book a diverse learning technology.

Why should I use eBooks?

The use of eBooks for learners would compliment a student body abundantly owning and using smartphones and e-book readers such as iPads to access information. The provision of eBooks is rapidly increasing, with many textbooks available in both a paper published and electronic format. In many instances, eBooks provide supplementary materials to support learning that can further develop learning. eBooks are widely available to students at Liverpool Hope (for example, through NetLibrary), and the university has access to numerous academic texts available in electronic format. The infrastructure for using eBooks is widely available to many courses, and these can be easily referenced to in course materials and online reading lists.

Examples of best practice

The following links below highlight examples of best practice where eBooks have been incorporated in higher education institutions:

Additional resources:

The following links below are provided to allow for lecturers to explore the role of eBooks in education; the advantages of its use for learning and teaching; as well as other accessible resources that may be useful: