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Student Choice: iPads & eBooks vs "I'd like real books"

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Prior to signing and registering with Carrington College, the conversation in regards to iPad's and eBooks were not discussed by the Admissions or Financial Departments. Many students, including myself, originally had a financial plan that paper textbooks. In January 2017, on the first day of school the iPad plan was enforced. There was no choice for paper textbooks and the information given was the student either had to utilize the iPad or find physical textbooks another way. A new contract had to be signed and now all of the textbooks are via the iPad Minis.

Despite frustrations, vocalizing opinions, and dialogue with multiple staff, the topic of the eBooks seem to be "one of those transitional things." At this juncture, many of the third term nursing students have turned to paying additionally out-of-pocket to obtain either paper copies via Carrington College or through third parties such as Amazon. Others have to utilize two to three additional electronic devices to read both the book, review study guides, and access supplemental assigned readings - both through the Bookshelf app which houses the eBooks. There have been a financial strain, focus issues with the eBook material, and accessibility problems for various students. Though there are many pros and cons to iPads and eBooks, Carrington Students should have the right to choose the type of educational material they recieve.

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