Academic reading Format International study (ARFIS)

The ARFIS study has been taken up by 25 countries and is being led by Joumana Boustany and Serap Kurbanoglu, (one of the organiser of the ECIL conference). Many of members of the team that coordinated the international copyright literacy survey which we ran here in the UK, are now involved in this study.

ARFIS is the Academic Reading Format International Study to explore the reading preferences of students, originating from work by Information Literacy practitioner Diane Mizrachi at UCLA in the USA. The group have a community Facebook page and we attended a paper presented by the researchers at ECIL 2015 (European Conference on Information Literacy) held in October 2015 at Tallinn University.

Some members of the Academic Reading Format International Study (ARFIS) research team. Front row (left to right): Serap Kurbanoğlu (Turkey), Polona Vilar (Slovenia); back row: Vlasta Zabukovec (Slovenia), Elena Collina (Italy), Ane Landŏy (Norway), Diane Mizrachi (United States), Joumana Boustany (France), Almuth Gastinger (Norway), Ana Terra (Portugal), and Pan Yantao (China).

The UK ARFIS survey was launched in February 2016 and completed by 655 students from different universities around the country. The findings have been analysed by Juliana Rios-Amaya who is working as a research assistant at LSE. They suggest that most UK students still prefer to read in print format for academic purposes. You can read the full ARFIS UK report in LSE Research Online.

The results of the ARFIS UK study contribute to our understanding of students’ use of technology in the course of their studies. They also help to inform purchasing decisions being made in university libraries over the acquisition of textbooks, e-books and their digitisation policies. Given the requirements to report items digitised under the CLA HE Licence, and the costs associated with this licence, might it be that students in fact prefer a printed course pack?

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Erratum to ARFIS

Erratum to: Chapter “The Academic Reading Format International Study (ARFIS): Investigating Students Around the World”…

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