ARFIS 2_UK_Print vs electronic


This study seeks to investigate the format preferences for course readings - digital or print - and the reading behaviours of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Participation will take a total of about 5-10 minutes.

This survey is completely anonymous. No information you provide can be traced to you or identify you in any manner.

The results of the research may further our understanding of how students prefer to read their course material, online or print, and inform the decisions and policies of libraries and lecturers regarding the collection and dissemination of online and print academic materials.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the research, you can contact copyright@kent.ac.uk

There are 25 questions in this survey.

A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
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Group 1. Academic Readings

1 I remember information from my course readings best when I read them from printed pages
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

2 It is more convenient to read my assigned readings electronically than to read them in print
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

3 I prefer to have all my course materials in print format (e.g. book, course reader, handouts)
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

4 If an assigned reading is 7 pages or more, I prefer to read it in print
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

5 I prefer to print out my course readings rather than read them electronically
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

6 I like to make digital copies of my printed course materials
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

7 I usually highlight and notate my printed course readings
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

8 If an assigned reading is less than 7 pages, I prefer to read it electronically
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

9 I am more likely to review my course readings (after I've read them at least once) when they are in print
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

10 I prefer electronic textbooks over print textbooks
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

11 I usually highlight and annotate my electronic readings
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

12 I can focus on the material better when I read it in print
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

13 I prefer to read my course readings electronically
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

14 I prefer to read course readings which are in my native language electronically rather than print
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

15 I prefer reading foreign language material in print than electronic
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

16 I read my electronic course readings on a:
Desktop computer
Laptop computer
iPad/Tablet
Dedicated E-reader (e.g. Kindle)
Phone
With an audio application
I never read course material electronically
Other:
17 My preferred reading format, electronic or print, depends on the language of the reading
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

Group 2. Demographic questions

18 Which institution are you currently studying at?
19 Are you:
20 I am ____ years old

21 Your current status as a student is:
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Masters
PhD or equivalent
Other: 
22

My subject discipline is:

 Please provide details of your degree programme subject, e.g. economics, library and information science, biology, communication studies
23 Do you have a visual impairment or other accessibility needs that influence your preference for electronic or print format?
25 What else would you like us to know about your academic reading format preferences?