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Posted on Monday 26 September 2011 at 10:20 am

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You are taking a college history class. On the first day of class, your professor informs you that your class is participating in a test of a textbook, that the textbook you will be using is a brand new one that isn't yet available for purchase. Your textbook, which will cost c. $50 for the condensed version or c. $100 for the full version when available, will be provided absolutely free but in return you will be asked to complete a couple of surveys during the course providing your feedback on what you think about the book. If you complete the surveys, you will be entered in a random drawing for an iTunes gift card. What would you think of this? Does it seem like a good deal or at least fair or do you dislike it?

More information: you find out your professor is also completing surveys on the textbook and is being given either $150 cash or $450 worth of books of the professor's choice from the publisher for having the class participate in the review process of the not yet published book. Does that make it better, worse, or doesn't change your opinion of the whole process?

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What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:28 pm on 26 September 2011 (UTC) (Link)
If I was a college student, I would just be happy not to have to buy a book for a class, and to possibly get a monetary reward. And I wouldn't care if the professor was getting a perk, too.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:41 pm on 26 September 2011 (UTC) (Link)
That's the way I see it, but sometimes I wonder on things like that if I'm so deep into the world of academic history that I miss how a student who isn't madly in love with studying history will see something.


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