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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 >
- Exploring Students' E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review Online, July 2015. A two-year university-wide study of students' e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased and become broader demographically.
- Instructor Engagement with E-Texts, EDUCAUSE Review Online, 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
- US Dept of Education and White House Host Education Datapalooza
January 23, 2014
Last August, President Obama outlined his policy agenda for higher education. The plan called for new ways to address rising college costs by making more data on the performance of higher educati…
- EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 3 Recap: Analytics for Enterprise Efficiency and Effectiveness
July 26, 2012
Thursday, the third and final day of the EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint. Today we heard about enterprise-level activities to support analytics at the University of Washington (UW) and at Arizona…
- EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success
July 25, 2012
The focus of today’s Sprint activities moved from general issues for higher education into the area of teaching and learning, an area that seemed to strike participants as either the most…
- EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education?
July 24, 2012
The EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint kicked off today, with the theme “What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education?” A broad question, indeed, reflected in the wide-ranging comments and disc…
- On the Horizon: The Power and Potential of Analytics
July 23, 2012
“We are at the dawn of an era in which educators have the potential to harness technology to produce a dramatic change in student achievement. Although visionaries have been promising for y…
- Gearing Up for the Analytics Sprint
July 16, 2012
Probably the only person who hasn’t heard people whispering or shouting about analytics is the guy who fell into a vat of liquid nitrogen in 1847 and was just thawed back into sentience. He’s…
- Science and Technology Policy Priorities Emphasize Big Data and Cybersecurity
July 9, 2012
A memorandum from the heads of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) outlines the Administration’s multi-agency science and technology…
- MIT Establishes Research Center to Address the Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data
May 30, 2012
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT announced on May 30, 2012 a major research initiative called bigdata@CSAIL to tackle the challenges of the “big d…
- White House Initiative Highlights "Big Data"
March 30, 2012
On March 29, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) held an event to announce the launch of a "Big Data Research and Development Initiative." Largely buildi…
- NSF, NIH, DOD, Other Fed. Agencies Launch "Big Data" Initiative
March 29, 2012
The New York Times reports that several major federal agencies--including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Defense Ad…