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With the cost of textbooks soaring, many colleges and universities are looking to alternatives to the traditional paper text. The electronic textbook field is still emerging, and higher education is experimenting with the concept in various modes. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to E-Textbooks.
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 E-Text Pilots
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 are implementing a series of e-text pilot efforts with colleges and universities to evaluate technologies and business models in the fast evolving migration from traditional textbooks to electronic content. Learn More >
E-Texts Constituent Group
Intended for general discussion in addition to news about the pilot, the E-Texts Constituent Group discusses the rapidly evolving domain of digital textbooks, multimedia supplements, tutorial websites, e-reader/annotation software, and related materials. Learn More >
- Instructor Engagement with E-Texts, EDUCAUSE Review, February 2015. This case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on the participation levels and motivations of instructors in engaging with digital textbooks.
- Assessment with E-Textbook Analytics, ECAR Research Bulletin, February 2015, The purpose of this research bulletin is to provide concrete strategies, grounded in research with e-textbook analytics, on how to use data from interactive platforms to inform decisions about supporting student learning with educational technology.
- The Current State and Potential Future of E-Textbooks, ELI Brief, November 2013. This brief discusses the University of Washington E-Textbook pilot and its findings.
- The Changing Textbook Industry, November 21, 2013. Jonathan Band discusses how the internet has disrupted the textbook market and the future changes due to the recent Affordable College Textbook Act.
- eText Clock is Ticking for Textbook Publishers, Blog post written by Bruce Maas, the CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. September 23, 2013
- Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot, ECAR Research Report. July 2013. This pilot sheds light not just on the usability of McGraw-Hill textbooks in Courseload but more broadly on the value of digital materials in higher education at this time.
- 7 Things You Should Know About the Evolution of the Textbook, ELI 7 Things, April 2012. This resource examines a new breed of rich-media publishing tools that offer an evolving set of opportunities both for the creation process and for the kinds of resources that can be produced.
- Developing a Digital Textbook Strategy for Your Campus, Florida Distance Learning Consortium, February 2012. This one-day symposium examined institution and state level digital textbook initiatives, including national trends and prevailing models for both publisher digital textbooks and open textbooks.
- eTexts: A Perishable Opportunity for Higher Education?, EDUCAUSE Live!, January 24, 2012 - This EDUCAUSE Live! program addressd the strategic, business, and policy implications for institutions in light of a changing world of consumer electronics and new models for digital educational resources such as eTexts, website tutorials, and other licensed content.
- A Study of Four Textbook Distribution Models, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, December 2011. In preparation for campus-wide e-text adoption, Daytona State College completed a two-year comparative study of four textbook distribution models: print purchase, print rental, e-text rental, and e-text rental with e-reader device.
- Digital Texts and the Future of Education: Why Books?, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. Abilene Christian University and GYLO partnered to investigate student attitudes and perceptions of the impact of using a mobile device as a supplemental tool for teaching statistics.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing, ELI 7 Things, March 2011. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- Hidden Costs and Subsidies Complicate TCO
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- Demystifying the Cloud for Policymakers
January 23, 2013
Adopters of cloud technologies recognize that it requires business decisions, risk management, and policy choices. At the Annual State of the Net Conference , EDUCAUSE Policy attempted to de…
- Building a 21st Century Digital Government
June 4, 2012
President Obama has issued a directive entitled “Building a 21st Century Digital Government” that launches a comprehensive Digital Government Strategy. According to the directive: …
- Google Apps accessibility improvements, Sept. 21 webconference
September 19, 2011
My colleague, Joan Cheverie, blogged on Friday about Google's announcement that day of its accessibility improvements to some of the key elements of Google Apps for Education. You can view J…
- 21st Century Technology and Business Practices to be Subject of FTC Privacy Roundtables
September 29, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced plans to hold three roundtables that will focus on consumer privacy issues. According to the announcement, the purpose of the series of round…
- EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009 - Think Stops
June 22, 2009
EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009 - Think Stops Think Stop #1 Question: Cloud Computing – What is your institution doing? What are the impacts on infrastructure? …
- Focusing on Cloud Computing
March 23, 2009
On Friday Jeffrey Rayport and Andrew Heyward of research firm Marketspace presented their views on cloud computing as part of the Google D.C. Talk series. Held at the Newseum, the speakers were j…
- Talking About Cloud Computing (Part 2)
September 19, 2008
Last week, Google DC Talks held a discussion on cloud computing. It also served as an opportunity to showcase a recent study on the subject conducted by the Pew Reseach Center's Internet an…
- Talking About Cloud Computing (Part 1)
September 12, 2008
Today, Google hosted a discussion entitled "Cloud Computing:Navigating the Next Frontier" in its Washington, DC office. The panel, which was moderated by Google policy director Alan Da…
- 2008 EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference Think Stops
April 15, 2008
2008 EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference Think Stops Think Stop #1 How will Cloud Computing affect your campus? Responses: What is cloud? It will/should coalesce large,…