Using an e-book platform as a learning resource and information management tool: the case study of the “K” e-book platform at an English business school

Stoten, David (2019) Using an e-book platform as a learning resource and information management tool: the case study of the “K” e-book platform at an English business school. On the Horizon, 27 (1). pp. 12-23. ISSN 1074-8121

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Purpose: This paper aims to present an insight into the introduction of an e-textbook’s learning platform for online students residing in Asia by an English Business School. This platform also generated a range of data analytics that provided teachers with an understanding of how their students interact with learning materials. Design/methodology/approach: This paper interrogated the data generated through students’ interaction with the e-books learning platform, as well as students’ feedback via a questionnaire. The data generated are presented in a series of diagrams. Findings: This paper makes links between self-regulated theory and how e-textbooks are used by students. The findings also offer tentative support for the use of e-books platforms as both a learning resource and a mechanism to obtain learning analytics. Research limitations/implications: This paper contributes to the wider discourse of the use of learning analytics and how information technology may align with self-regulated learning. Originality/value: This paper represents a contribution to the developing field of research related to learning analytics and how students manage their use of information technology.This paper presents a case study of an e-textbooks platform was introduced by an English Business School to support students enrolled onto undergraduate business degrees in Asia. The findings are conceptualised within Self-Regulated Learning theory, and suggest that there are clear benefits to be derived from the application of such a platform both for the student and the institution. However, there are also challenges associated with the introduction of new technology, not least antipathy towards the use of new technology from teachers and students. In short, such a project requires not only a philosophical commitment to new approaches in empowering student learning, but also the effective management of the initiative itself by those who wish to introduce new forms of technology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Andragogy, Online learning, Learning analytics, Business school, Self-Regulated learning, e-books platform
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:00

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