In partnership with Amazon.com, Princeton has been conducting a pilot program to put Kindle's in the classroom as part of a sustainability initiative to conserve paper. Yesterday the Daily Princetonian reported, Kindles yet to woo University users:
But though they acknowledged some benefits of the new technology, many students and faculty in the three courses said they found the Kindles disappointing and difficult to use.
One student interviewed in the article stated the Kindle does not work with his learning process:
“I hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool. It’s clunky, slow and a real pain to operate.”
“Much of my learning comes from a physical interaction with the text: bookmarks, highlights, page-tearing, sticky notes and other marks representing the importance of certain passages — not to mention margin notes, where most of my paper ideas come from and interaction with the material occurs. All these things have been lost, and if not lost they’re too slow to keep up with my thinking, and the ‘features’ have been rendered useless.”
The article outlines the issues academia faces as more material is transitioned to digital formats: from annotations to citations to recollection of course material.