Survey questions to assess value of e-textbooks produced in-house

Please note that the surveys presented in this blog post were created by the University of Liverpool, the University of Nottingham, the University of Highlands and Islands with Edinburgh Napier University, and University College London.

One of the core objectives of the Institution as e-textbook publisher project is to evaluate the value of the e-textbooks produced among various institutional stakeholders that either contributed to the production of the e-textbooks or that use them as a learning tool.

Each one of the project’s teams have developed and undertaken surveys that assess the usefulness and receptiveness of the e-textbooks in their institutions. Despite the focus of the surveys created by each team being relatively distinct, they all share commonalities and general questions can be asked to assess the value of e-textbooks regardless of the disciplines that they apply to or the institutions where they were produced.

This blog post aims to identify the main topics covered by the various surveys undertaken by the project teams and to list general and institution specific sample questions. These are linked to below. The main topics covered in the surveys include:

  1. Student/reader feedback (including questions on the resources used, views on the e-textbook used, and e-textbook specific questions)
  2. Lecturer/module convenor feedback (including questions on the resources used, expectations, features, improvements, and e-textbook specific questions)
  3. E-textbook author/contributor feedback (including general questions on time allocation, technical knowledge improvements and e-textbook specific questions)

We would like to encourage these survey questions to be used as a template by other universities that have published / are planning to publish e-textbooks and that want to assess their students and academics views on the e-textbooks.

We will also include these survey questions in the proposed Institution as e-textbook publisher toolkit. In the meantime, we would be very interested in receiving comments on these template questions and in hearing of other examples.

A forthcoming blog post will be released based on the original document used in section 3.3.

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