Tidbits, Resources, and Discussion for ELI Faculty

Monday, June 15, 2009

Using Kindles in Online Classes

Have you tried the Amazon Kindle yet? Do you know if any of your students are using them in your classes? (There's even a new, larger version specially designed to display textbooks.) Some schools have been experimenting with having students try them out; this article describes one faculty member's plans on this front (and also includes a link to descriptions of some other experiements). What's interesting is that one would assume these types of experiments would happen at institutions with wealthier student bodies (I've never heard of a community college providing all its incoming students iPods to listen to lectures, for example, but plenty of four-years have), but in this case, the student body sounds like it has much in common with our own. What do you think? Could you see this working for our students? Do you see benefits of using the Kindle in your teaching?

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