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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
- Open-Source Collaboration: A Pathway to Sustainability
October 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
UNC Chapel Hill Libraries and DuraSpace have partnered to make digital preservation software available to a broader community. This collaboration provides a model for other institutions to gain bro…
- Simplifying Copyright in Online Education: Understanding New Behaviors
October 16, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
We will explore lessons learned from a pilot collaboration between SUNY Empire's master's in learning and emerging technologies and SIPX (formerly Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange)…
- Up and Away: Open Access in Portugal
May 6, 2013
Portugal stands out among nations that have embraced open access to scholarly communication because of its early adoption of institutional policies , creation of a network of reposito…
- The Cost and Quality of Online Open Textbooks: Perceptions of Community College Faculty and Students
February 4, 2013
Proponents of open educational resources (OER) claim that significant cost savings are possible when open textbooks displace traditional textbooks in the college classroom. We investigated st…
- Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content
January 30, 2013
This UK report, commissioned by the Strategic Content Alliance and undertaken by Ithaka S+R, "Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content", tells of how …
- The Myth of Open-Source E-Textbooks
November 7, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
To help rein in the growing cost of textbooks, there has been much discussion promoting the development by faculty of open-source e-textbooks. This session will cover a wide range of issues relat…
- ERO Podcast: Cable Green of Creative Commons Talks About Openness
September 5, 2012
In this podcast, Cable Green talks about Open Access, Open Resources, and Open Policies. Cable Green is director of global learning for Creative Commons. …
- E-Content: Opportunity and Risk
September 5, 2012
Shel Waggener is Senior Vice President of Internet2. The debate is over: students are asking for digital now, this semester. It isn't as if we didn't know the change was coming.…
- CNI Podcast: An Interview with David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
April 18, 2012
David Weinberger is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University . He is also author of the book, Too Big To Know . In this interv…
- Temple U. Project Ditches Textbooks for Homemade Digital Alternative
February 8, 2012
"A pilot project at Temple University this fall gave 11 faculty members $1,000 each to create a digital alternative to a traditional textbook." …