Trends in Student Use of College Course Materials


The way students use course materials has shifted. Students are more aware of their options outside of the once ubiquitous textbook. COVID-19 accelerated these changes as more students were exposed to digital materials. Has this changed the way students access course materials? Further, can we use these changes to find more sustainable solutions for students? To explore these questions, researchers delve into trends, with perspectives from students and education professionals.

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  3. Gain a better understanding of how the pandemic contributed to the growth of digital course materials, and how they will evolve in the future.



Isabel Rowader, Manager, Communications, Association of American Publishers

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  • Tags: affordability, virtual learning
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Emerging Tech
  • Session Focus Area Higher Education
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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