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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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- Higher Education’s Perspective on Telecommunications Reform
May 1, 2005
Americans depend on the Internet to learn, create, work, conduct business and communicate. This "central nervous system of the information economy" directly enables innovation, producti…
- Broadband’s Promise for America
May 15, 2008
A graphic description, in pamphlet form, describing broadband technologies and uses and the bandwidth required for each, plus a depiction of the “All-Internet Household” and how a family migh…
- A Blueprint for Big Broadband
January 29, 2008
This report proposes bringing the federal government, state governments, and the private sector together as part of a new approach to making high-speed Internet services available across the coun…
- Community Broadband Act of 2007 Sign on Letters
October 1, 2007
EDUCAUSE has once again joined a broad coalition of association, corporations and public interest groups encouraging Congress to pass legislation permitting local governments to build and deploy …
- Broadband America – Realizing the Vision
August 1, 2007
In this brochure, EDUCAUSE and the Network Policy Council sets forth broadband policy goals that can form a basis for a comprehensive government, education and industry effort that moves America …
- Principles for an Open Broadband Future: A Public Knowledge White Paper
January 1, 2005
This paper is intended to set forth the key principles toensure that consumers benefit from the construction of broadband networks. These principles should serve as the foundation for any revision …
- Blocking VoIP Calls: Foreboding Harbinger or Benign Fluke?
January 1, 2005
This is a one page issue brief providing the EDUCAUSE perspective regarding communication transport providers blocking of Internet protocol traffic and the potential consequences on the development…
- Comment on Deployment of Broadband Networks
January 1, 2001
EDUCAUSE comments on deployment of broadband networks and advanced telecommunications in regard to NTIA docket number 011109273-1273-01. EDUCAUSE comme…
- FCC Comments 04-163 "Wireless Broadband Policies"
January 1, 2004
The Federal Communications Commission appointed a new Wireless Broadband Access Task Force to study what the federal government could do to facilitate WISP growth. On May 5, 2004 they issued a Publ…
- Broadband America - An Unrealized Vision
January 1, 2004
The Net@EDU Broadband Policy Working Group, on behalf of EDUCAUSE, provides a higher education vision for a national broadband network. This white paper recommends policy principals, goals and acti…