E-Textbooks as Big Brother

By Deane Barker on May 14, 2013

CourseSmart E-Textbooks Track Students’ Progress for Teachers: Using electronic textbooks mean the professor can essentially look over your shoulder to make sure you’re doing the reading.

They know when students are skipping pages, failing to highlight significant passages, not bothering to take notes — or simply not opening the book at all.

[…] In the old days, teachers knew if students understood the course from the expressions on their faces. Now some classes, including one of Mr. Guardia’s, are entirely virtual. Engagement information could give the colleges early warning about which students might flunk out, while more broadly letting teachers know if the whole class is falling behind.

The Times was able to post an actual report on a student as an example of what the professors are looking at.