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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- Continuing Uncertainty Under FCC Network Neutrality Rules
January 26, 2011
In December 2010, the FCC adopted rules to preserve Internet freedom and openness, which are also referred to as network neutrality rules. These rules create obligations on broadband Internet acc…
- U.S. Internet Access Policy
March 7, 2008
A worldwide tussle over Internet access policy is playing out right now, and many countries are closely watching what the United States does. This talk will provide a brief overview of the U.S. r…
- The Myth of Network Neutrality
January 1, 2006
At a recent Senate hearing, Vint Cerf said that "nothing less than the future of the Internet is at stake" in the government's decisions about network neutrality. Meanwhile, the ma…
- Wiretapping the Internet: CALEA and Higher Education
January 1, 2005
CALEA, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, facilitates court-ordered wiretaps by establishing technical standards for interception points on public telephone networks. As inter…
- CALEA Panel Discussion
January 1, 2004
Webcast of CALEA Panel Discussion at the Internet2 Fall 2004 membership meeting. CALEA is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, initially passed in 1994. Under CALEA, providers of…
- CALEA panel
January 1, 2004
CALEA is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, initially passed in 1994. Under CALEA, providers of commercial voice services are required to engineer their networks in such a way a…
- Net Neutrality in Practice: What Would It Look Like?
May 16, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Policy Conference 2007
In an effort to move the net neutrality debate from rhetoric to realistic compromise, a group of telecommunications attorneys and Internet technologists from industry and the nonprofit sector have …
- My Network Needs to Become CALEA Compliant: What's Next?
February 6, 2007
A session at the Net@EDU Annual Member Meeting 2007
An essential part of CALEA is the technical standards for compliance, which are being developed by a variety of organizations, including the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Allia…
January 18, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
This session is designed to facilitate interaction with your campus and network colleagues on how and why they plan to comply with CALEA. Come share your CALEA story. The discussion will be led by …
- The Net Neutrality Debate
April 27, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Policy Conference 2006
Net neutrality has become one of the most hotly debated topics in the telecommunications reform package before Congress. The assurance that networks will remain open to all legal content and applic…