Electronic Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

San Antonio, Texas, March 20-23, 2014

Paper S095

This is an electronic reprint, reproduced by permission of Pearson Education Inc. Originally appeared in the Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Copyright (C) 2015 by Pearson Education, Inc.


On the Effectiveness of Calculus E-Books

Martina Bode

Mehdi Khorami

Daniel Visscher


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ABSTRACT

This article details the results of testing an e-book in differential calculus classes. While we are drawn to the components of the e-book that promote conceptual understanding - such as the interactive figures - the students reported gaining most from assessment support tools. We find that students were initially excited about the interactive figures, but the majority did not use them much over the term. The students who did make use of the interactive figures, however, also reported that the figures improved their understanding of calculus concepts.

Keyword(s): calculus, textbooks