New E-Textbooks Do More Than Inform: They’ll Even Grade You

USA“The earliest electronic textbooks simply offered the text of the printed book on a computer. Today’s newest models, though, come with an array of features, including software tools that automatically grade homework for professors or let students share their margin notes with friends online. A new line of e-textbooks scheduled to be unveiled on Tuesday by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, for instance, comes bundled with ‘lecture capture’ software, so professors can use the built-in microphone and camera on a laptop computer to record their lectures for students, as well as with other features that are new for textbook publishers …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 September]

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