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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- MOOCs—Key Legal and Policy Issues for Colleges and Universities
July 25, 2013
The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), ACE, and EDUCAUAUSE held a webinar on July 25th, 2013 on the key legal and policy issues regarding massive open online course…
- Democratizing Higher Education
October 11, 2012
In this keynote session from The Sloan Consortium Conference , Sebastian Thrun discusses his venture into MOOCs. In 2011, Thrun took his Stanford graduate level class online, and 160,000 stude…
- Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student
October 14, 2011
In this webinar, the creators, Ron Nief and Tom McBride discuss their annual Mindset list, including this year's class of 2015 list. In th…
- Practical Comparisons of Lecture Capture Systems, Version 2
June 17, 2010
This webinar took a look at rich media capture systems from the users’ perspective: Echo360, Panopto CourseCast, Mediasite and Opencast Matterhorn Presenters included: Douglas L. …
- Social Media: Promises, Pitfalls & Perils
January 22, 2010
Social media is fun, free and easy, and more people each day use it for business as well as for pleasure. But what are the liabilities and legal pitfalls of using Facebook, Twitter and other soci…
- Rich Media Instruction - The Top Six Reasons Faculty Choose to Teach Online
December 5, 2007
This seminar discusses why faculty teach on line, can students learn better online, and why some faculty are reluctant to teach online. http://www.sonicfoundry.com/webcast/Educause-Rich-…
- Study by UW E-Business Institute Reveals Strong Undergraduate Preference for Lecture Capture
September 23, 2008
Dr. Raj Veeramani is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with joint appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Business. He is the Director and founder of the U…
- A Recommended IT Roadmap for Campus-wide Lecture Capture: Your Courses Online Now
June 3, 2009
With the explosion of online video and social networking, today’s students expect immediate access to any information they want, when they want it. How do you make the traditional …
- Optimizing Classroom Audio for Streaming Online Instruction
December 2, 2009
Randy Tritz of Shen Milsom Wilke outlines best practices, key considerations and the latest standards to ensure the best possible audio for lecture capture. …
- Building the Mediasite Enterprise: How the University of Maryland, Baltimore Developed the Infrastructure and Consensus for Campus-wide Lecture Capture
August 26, 2008
Dr. Peter Murray, VP and CIO of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, shares how he developed the infrastructure and consensus for building out the Mediasite enterprise. …