Educational Technology

September 28, 2012

Students question effectiveness of textbook access codes

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By LOIS LEE, Daily Pennsylvanian

With the increasing digitization of textbooks and learning platforms, some are questioning the effectiveness of these tools — especially when it comes to mandates for the use of access codes in classrooms. Access codes — which are one-time, individual codes that are necessary to use online course materials — are becoming a more common feature among classes at Penn. For many courses, such as writing seminars and calculus courses, the codes are already bundled inside the textbooks sold at campus bookstores. Unlike textbooks and other traditional means of learning, these codes cannot be borrowed from the library, bought used or shared between friends.

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