When Digital Textbooks Make College Students Pay to Turn In Their Homework

Slashdot reader jyosim writes:
A professor at Arizona State U says he was let go from his teaching job in the economics department because he wouldn’t embrace assigning homework software that he says “requires students to pay just to turn in homework.” His students rushed to his defense on social media, saying that many of their courses now require them to pay for online systems if they want to submit homework. The university says the professor is spreading misinformation and is the villain.
Details of the ASU situation are messy, but the broader issue of homework software is one that students around the country have been complaining about, while textbook companies see them as the future because they eliminate the used textbook market and lead to more sales as more students are forced to buy directly from publishers. Publishers argue their software is sophisticated, expensive to build, and improves student grades


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