Digital textbooks are helping college students get higher grades and learn better, according to several new studies reported on by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
One study that followed students using Pearson’s digital learning platform for a two-semester Anatomy and Physiology course found that there was a 13-percentage-point improvement in students earning an A, B or C for the first semester when using digital materials, compared to students who did not use a digital platform. For the second semester, that increase went up to 27 percentage points.
Another study, a collaboration between W. W. Norton and Dustin Tingley of the Learning Research Group at Harvard, found that students using InQuizitive, an adaptive quizzing tool from the publisher, for an Intro to American Government class had an 8.4-point increase when they completed an InQuizitive activity prior to taking a summative quiz. This improvement increased by 13.1 points for students who used InQuizitive as part of their course.
A third study, by McGraw-Hill Education, followed nine instructors across 16 disciplines and found that 15 percent more students earned As and Bs when using digital materials compared to students who did not use these materials.
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