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Attenborough, J. A., & Abbott, S. (2018). Leave them to their own devices: Healthcare students’ experiences of using a range of mobile devices for Learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(2).  A study of students’ experiences using tablets in their classes and clinical placements at a School of Health Sciences in the UK.

Kalir, J. H. (2019). Open Web annotation as collaborative learning. First Monday24(6)A discussion of how open web annotation with can be used for collaborative learning.

Mennenga, H. (2016). Nursing student perceptions of digital textbooks: A pilot study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 37(2), 107–109. A study of undergraduate nursing students, looking at how they accessed e-books and the positive and negative features of the technology.

Pierard, C., Svihla, V., Clement, S., & Fazio, B.-S.(2019). Undesirable difficulties: Investigating barriers to students’ learning with ebooks in a semester-length course. College & Research Libraries (forthcoming). A study of graduate education students’ perceptions of e-books from various platforms and the challenges they encountered in using them.

Ross, B., Pechenkina, E., Aeschliman, C., & Chase, A.-M. (2017). Print versus digital texts: Understanding the experimental research and challenging the dichotomies. Research in Learning Technology, 25. A review of the literature surrounding the usage of e-books in education with recommendations on how they can best be implemented.

Stirling, A., & Birt, J. (2014). An enriched multimedia eBook application to facilitate learning of anatomy. Anatomical Sciences Education, 7(1), 19–27. An article comparing the learning outcomes for first year medical students in Australia studying anatomy using a multimedia e-book versus traditional instruction.

Tang, Y., & Barnett-Ellis, P. (2017). Nursing students’ learning experience with e-books. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(1), 67–71. An exploration of nursing students’ opinions regarding e-books, how they accessed and used them, and what problems they encountered.

Zhang, T., Niu, X., & Promann, M. (2017). Assessing the user experience of e-Books in academic libraries. College & Research Libraries, 78(5). A study of users’ experiences with e-books from an academic library collection, including usage data and task analysis.

UVA Resources

Center for Teaching Excellence

The CTE provides workshops, one-on-one consultations and curriculum design advising to assist UVA faculty in developing their teaching skills.

School of Medicine Faculty Development

School of Nursing Faculty Development

Open Annotation

This is an open source web application can be used by whole classes, small groups, journal clubs, or individuals to annotate websites or ebooks.


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