VALA2018 Session 13 Johnston


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Print versus digital preferences of university students in Australia

Thursday 15 February 2018, 12:00 – 12:30

Nicole Johnston and Alicia Salaz

Edith Cowan University

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This paper presents findings of a survey that investigated the reading preferences of university students at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia. This survey is being undertaken as part of the Academic Reading Format International Study (ARFIS), which is investigating print versus digital reading preferences in 31 countries. A total of 582 students completed the survey. Results from the survey indicate a strong preference for reading in print because of issues such as eyestrain, tactile features, better focus, and ability to highlight and take notes. Issues such as cost, usability and accessibility also impacted on students’ reading decisions.


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