Although digital learning is still evolving, this new trend in education shows great promise. Online learning offers students a practical, cost-effective and much more eco-friendly way to get a college education, while allowing them to pursue that degree at their own pace. Students see many advantages to electronic textbooks beyond the possibility of lower cost.
Since students taking full course loads use many textbooks every semester, the amount of paper used can have a significant impact on the environment. Digital books are infinitely more eco-friendly, and their reasonable cost and convenience make them even more appealing to students.
The future of textbooks as e-books
Amazon.com began by selling printed books online, but for the first time ever, they sold more digital books in 2011 than they did printed books. This is an indication of the force with which digital technology is changing the way people interact with written material, whether it’s through pursuing a college education online, or through reading college textbooks in e-book format. It’s also a sign that, along with a need for compact and portable technology, many students are also looking for environmentally responsible ways to learn.
While convenience is one of the benefits of using e-books in place of their paper counterparts, both students and schools have recognized that it’s also a good way to help the environment: several schools are switching to e-books as a way to positively impact the environment.
Digital textbooks are also useful for students attending classes part-time or who are enrolled in online degree programs. One of the reasons that distance education is so popular is the convenience it can provide for students of all ages. The combination of online education and the use of e-books represents a far more environmentally friendly way to pursue a college education. Students need not concern themselves with having to carry bulky textbooks because the eReaders make it possible to read textbooks, highlight important passages and take notes, right from their own computers or mobile devices. Whether using an eReader or an app that makes it possible to read textbooks on a computer, electronic education in all of its manifestations is definitely the wave of the future.
Source: Harper Mac, Contributing Writer
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