Higher education in the United Kingdom is changing, and a number of factors are contributing to this. The steady rise in tuition fees means that students are beginning to view university in a different light. Gone are the days when higher education institutions are simply viewed as “cathedrals of learning.” Instead, modern students have an increasingly transactional view of university. Student satisfaction and value for money is high on their agenda, and moves are being made by industry bodies in order to evaluate both these areas for prospective students.
VitalSource commissioned Shift Learning to conduct research with current students in the United Kingdom to explore the perceived impact of eTextbooks on students’ learning outcomes and confidence. The research sought to understand usage of eTextbooks, in addition to the benefits and challenges for different groups of students.
Ever since ‘learning gain’ became one of the major criteria included in the teaching excellence framework (TEF), the question of how students learn and how we can measure universities’ support in their learning journey has become more prominent. To gain more insight into this, VitalSource organised a roundtable discussion with senior figures in higher education, in partnership with Times Higher Education (THE), to discuss how they are approaching this key measure of achievement.