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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 >
- 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
- Using an Open-Source Platform to Meet Online Learning Goals: An Introduction to Class2Go
April 3, 2013
A session at the ELI 2013 Online Spring Focus Session
As universities dive deeper into online learning and MOOCs, what role can a platform play in meeting online learning goals? At Stanford, we discovered that developing and using the Class2Go open-…
- Research Information Data Management: Scholarly Assessment in Transition
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
Research administration is a relatively new area of academia involving resources from IT, administrators, libraries, and researchers. Maintaining data around research activities is a difficult bu…
- DataSpace: A Funding and Operational Model for Long-Term Preservation and Sharing of Research Data
September 1, 2010
At the May 5 meeting of the National Research Board, the NSF announced that, as of October 2010, it will require that all grant proposals include a data management plan. This announcement represe…
- Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge
October 17, 2008
EDUCAUSE Live! welcomes MIT’s M. S. Vijay Kumar, the editor of Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge . Publi…
- From Datapalooza to Innovation Clusters: Accelerating Innovation in Higher Education
November 8, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
A variety of initiatives are under way at the U.S. Department of Education to leverage technology to accelerate the pace of innovation in higher education. Come join a conversation with ED's…
- Open Source and Free Software: Concepts, Controversies and Solutions
January 1, 2004
This May 2004 conference on Open Source and Free Software: Concepts, Controversies and Solutions, includes multimedia presentations on various open source issues. …
- Got Open Textbook?
September 15, 2011
A session at the ELI 2011 Online Fall Focus Session
This session will focus on my journey of finding, adopting, and using open-source educational resources in physics and astronomy classes over the past three years. Enrollment in classes is up, st…
- Open Resources: The Need for Integration
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Over the past 10 years or so there has been a growing, and inexorable, movement toward making scholarly and academic resources openly available. Within IT this first appeared in open-source softwar…
- Reconsidering the Learning Management System - Furniture provided by Herman Miller, An EDUCAUSE Silver Partner
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
From Community Source to Open Data: Leveraging the Sakai Community to Make Better Decisions Steven Lonn, Research Fellow, University of Michigan Mathieu Plourde, Project Leader, LMS, Universi…
- F-LECCS: Open Platform for Virtual Learning Environments (Institutional Scope)
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
F-LECCS is a project supported by Japanese government. Fukui's seven higher educational institutions began cooperating with each other in order to build "one virtual university environmen…