E-reporting means that creators are paid for the material they produce, providing compensation for their time spent creating the material, as an incentive to create more material. In as far as these outcomes reflect the intentions of the creator, e-reporting can also be said to manifest the intentions of the creator.
E-reporting also benefits students. Research by software providers indicates that for teaching staff, student engagement in learning is the greatest benefit of using reading list management software. Another important motivator is that a significant proportion of e-reporting licenceholders are also major rightsholders—many teaching staff will therefore directly experience this benefit of ereporting.
A further argument in favour of e-reporting is that it’s much better than the alternative of carrying out data collection surveys: e-reporting is less disruptive for staff and produces more data for CLNZ to be able to make accurate and comprehensive distributions for creators.