Assessment of K-12 educators’ awareness and need for online self-publishing services in the classroom

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Title: Assessment of K-12 educators’ awareness and need for online self-publishing services in the classroom
Author: Gargiulo, Vincent J.
Abstract: This thesis surveyed K-12 educators to gauge their comfort level and awareness with online self-publishing services along with required skill sets, testing whether K-12 educators are taking advantage of online self-publishing within the classroom. If educators were to adopt online self-publishing to create material for the students, there is a potential new market for the Print-On-Demand industry. The experimental design involved the creation of an online survey taken by K-12 educators across the United States. The survey was used to gauge respondent comfort level with online self-publishing skills for personal and school use. Their opinions on collaboration with other educators to produce material for the students benefit were also addressed. The main findings of this research were that, 15% of respondents have had personal online self-publishing experience, 61% were aware of popular online self-publishing websites, and editing was viewed as the most helpful skill to have when producing self-published book online. With school use, 44% of respondents reported their school had a student publishing assignment with yearbooks being the most commonly published item in schools. Teacher use in the classroom revealed that 58% of respondents were interested in using self-publishing, 54% of respondents had already produced material for the students benefit. Moreover 90% believed that providing the students with a more targeted and customized learning experience was a main benefit of self-publishing. However, respondents did not understand how online self-publishing could save costs in textbook orders. If educators better understood there is a potential cost savings, it would generate a greater interest in pursuing some form of online self-publishing.
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Date: 2009-08

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