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Missouri College Switches to Electronic Textbooks

Northwest Missouri State University officials are looking into replacing traditional textbooks with electronic ones using the computer. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

Dean Hubbard, President of the college, says electronic textbooks will save money for the students and the university.

“The textbook publishers are doing some wonderful things with their electronic textbooks. Pop-up quizzes, the faculty can tailor them, they can leave out chapters, and they can use their own materials, have pre and post tests and put links in there to websites. It’s a much more interactive learning tool than a regular textbook,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard says about 4,000 of the university’s 6,500 students will use the electronic textbooks during the spring semester.

He says about 200 students used the new textbooks last semester.

“I think the response was, there were some that prefer a regular book. All surveys have shown that roughly half of students say ‘I’d rather have it in an electronic format. I’d rather have it in a hard copy.’ Our students were very active in it. They were highly active in the focus groups telling us what they liked and didn’t like and how to improve it,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard says other universities have contacted him with questions about using the new electronic textbooks.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.