Current Events in Business Research

April 28, 2014

Current Events in Business Research
I have examined an article titled, “Technology could ease textbook costs: Studies show students are slow to embrace new methods of learning” by Christopher Magan, 2010. This article illustrates how the improvement of technology may not be as welcomed, as it should. In the examination of this article, we will determine the research and purpose of the article, as well as discuss the complications under examination, the used methods of inquiries, and the completion of the research.
An association professor of communication at Wright State University, Lynn Disbrow, received an award recently by the Ohio Board of Regents (Magan, 2010). This award was in honor of her digitizing a public speaking course’s materials, which in turn reduced the costs significantly from $90 to $35. What this does is offers students supplementary resources at a more affordable price. Possibly restructuring the textbook market in the decades to come, the introduction of new methods of learning, such as tablet computers, netbooks and handhelds, is no longer a vision but a reality. Several universities are gradually exchanging paper materials for digitized course material.
Although students are committing to new technology ventures, such as social networking, studies show that students are slow to incorporate the use of new technologies into school studies. The Student Watch composed a study in 2010 that showed seventy-four percent of students would rather use printed textbooks. Sixty percent of students were unaware of digitized material made available to them at their school. Because students in secondary education were taught to read printed textbooks, it has set a mental standard for learning subsequently.
Because materials need to be affordable to the students, digitalized resources are going to be a significant piece to future of education learning. McGraw-Hill publishes all of their textbooks in both print and digitally, many companies are eager to deliver the necessary materials in either way the demands of the market fall.
The conversion from print to digital will come sooner than later with the immense uses of computers for education purposes. Colleges and universities are becoming paperless and are starting to provide students with online course materials, such as assignments, course syllabus’ and other requirements. The transition is just a matter of the adjustments people will have to make.
We are now in the beginning of a digital age with the introduction of new technology. Whether students prefer printed materials as opposed to online materials is still a question that remains to be unanswered fully. Many students are embracing the idea of a paperless curriculum, while others are still comfortable to the more traditional learning methods of printed copies. Unfortunately, for now, this seems to be a less viable option in the market that has been created.

Magan, C. (2010, June 12). Technology could ease textbook costs; Studies show students are slow to embrace new methods of learning. Dayton Daily News. Retrieved from