Tricking the teacher about class reading gets tougher with digital textbooks

WASHINGTON – No more pulling a fast one or lying about doing the class reading. Instructors will soon have a good idea of who is reading what in their digital textbooks.

It may sound like a “Big Brother” kind of thing but teachers can soon see what their students are reading. The new technology is designed to help them track a student’s progress. Instructors can see what pages their students have viewed, bookmarked, highlighted or noted.

Cindy Clarke of CourseSmart says the the digital textbook technology is currently being tested but should be available later this year. There are benefits for teachers who rely on digital textbooks.

“Early on in a term, an instructor can understand whether their students or which students might be at risk of falling behind,” Clarke says.

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