When reading assignments are assigned in the form “Read pages 75-100 in the Book of Subject Relevance”, it creates a problem for students who use electronic formats such as Kindle or Bookshare. Those formats often do not include page numbers, and it can be difficult-to-impossible to know what to read just by seeing page numbers.
There’s a simple solution that allows students to do the assignment:
- If you’re assigning a whole chapter, tell students which chapter you mean.
- eg: “Read Chapter 3 in the Book of Subject Relevance (pages 75-100).
- If you’re not assigning whole chapters, include the first and last sentence in the assignment.
- This allows students to use the search function to find the place you’re talking about.
- eg: “Read pages 75-100 in the Book of Subject Relevance. (From “I have a slightly plausible theory.” through “In conclusion, I have shown that I am definitely right.”)
It’s good to also include the page numbers, because that’s better for students who use the print edition, and it gives all students a sense of how much reading there is.
Short version: Giving reading assignments in page numbers causes a problem for students who aren’t reading the print edition. There’s a simple solution to this. Scroll up for details.