August 20, 2010
It’s Friday, and time to share some quick things I learned this week:
- Educators are dreaming up some pretty creative ideas for using technology to free up more time for personal instruction in large intro courses;
- Advertisements are coming to an e-book near you, sooner rather than later;
- One management prof at Texas Tech replaced his “boring” textbook with a graphic novel and saw student success rates increase significantly;
- And finally, the University of Phoenix is once again under fire for recruitment practices.
July 19, 2010
TechCrunch and several other outlets are reporting today that for every 100 hardcover books Amazon sold during the past 3 months, it sold 143 Kindle books. It would be interesting to know how many of these were textbooks; it’s safe to assume, probably, that at this point the answer is “very few.” Is it a harbinger of things to come, or a momentary blip on the radar caused by the recent Kindle price drop and the release of native Kindle apps for other devices? Will there be more students wandering campus this Fall with their textbooks in their Kindles, instead of their backpacks? With back-to-school creeping up on us, it will be interesting to see if the ratio of Kindles-to-hardcovers jumps…