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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
- Limited Relief from FCC Ruling on Auto-Dialing/-Texting
August 7, 2015
(August 7, 2015) (EDUCAUSE telecommunications policy advisor, John Windhausen of Telepoly Consulting, provided the primary content for this post.) In early June, I wrote about the then-pe…
- The Internet at Risk: The Need for Higher Education Advocacy
October 19, 2007
© 2007 James X. Dempsey. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ ). EDUCAUSE…
- New Life for Network Neutrality
January 1, 2007
Ã‚Â© 2007 Mark Luker EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 3 (May/June 2007): 88 Mark Luker, Vice President of EDUCAUSE, heads the Policy Office in Washington, D.C. Comments on this …
- The 110th Congress: An Eye to the Past and the Future
January 1, 2007
Ã‚Â© 2007 Susan Fratkin EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2006): 70–71 Susan Fratkin serves as a public policy consultant to EDUCAUSE. Comments on this arti…
- The Net Neutrality Debate: The Basics
January 1, 2006
Ã‚Â© 2006 Rich Greenfield. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-n…
- CALEA: Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
January 1, 2006
Ã‚Â© 2006 Wendy Wigen EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 1 (January/February 2006): 70–71. Wendy Wigen was a policy analyst with EDUCAUSE. On August 5, 2005, nearly a year si…
- A Reinterpretation of CALEA
January 1, 2005
© 2005 Wendy Wigen EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (March/April 2005): 60–71. Wendy Wigen is a policy analyst with EDUCAUSE. Comments on this article can be sent to the author …
- Interconnecting Worlds
January 1, 2002
The author discusses how two separate activities in higher education, information technology and federal policy (USA Patriot Act and SEVIS), are slowly becoming involved with one another. …
- What's Policy Got to Do with IT?
January 1, 2002
The author discusses IT policy on the state and national levels and how those policy decisions effect higher education. The author discusses IT policy …
- Getting Back to the Front of the Line: Internet Policy and the Higher Education Community
January 1, 2000
This article discusses the increased importance of information technology and the Internet in federal policy. Copyright, online gambling, and the role of universities as Internet service providers…