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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
- "Bag It and Tag It": Implementing a Course-Level Learning Portfolio Using CMS-Based Tools to Document Student Learning When Teaching in Wild, Open Spaces with Cloud-Based Tools (Pilot Program/Emerging Technology)
February 14, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
As more of us adopt cloud-based tools (e.g., blogs, wikis, Google Docs, etc.) for use by students in authentic learning activities, we find ourselves without the student-produced artifacts that we …
- "Build It and They Will Come," But Will They?
January 1, 2002
Harvard's Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has built a Web site for each course using homegrown course management software. This presentation will examine the conventional wisdom that "…
- "But Is It Innovative?" A Systematic Approach to Assessing and Evaluating Innovation in Educational Technology
February 6, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
Representatives from Big Ten universities have been developing a flexible framework for analyzing innovation. During this session, we will describe the framework that they developed and then prov…
- "Can You Hear Me Now? Good" -- Using Webcams and Blackboard to Create a Virtual Classroom
January 1, 2003
A discussion of the development and creation of an online course that uses two-way audio and video. We will present the pros and cons of this method of educational delivery and the outcomes of the …
- "Clickers" in the Classroom: Analyses from the University of Wisconsin System Project
October 11, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2006 Annual Conference
The University of Wisconsin System sponsored a major project to evaluate the interactive classroom technology known as student response systems or "clickers." This session will report on …
- "Crowdsourcing" a Textbook: 120 Student Authors Writing on a Wiki (Research-Based)
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
Many instructors have experimented with student-authored wiki textbooks. Advantages include reading and evaluating primary literature and facilitating constructivist learning. We manage the peer-re…
- "Elluminating" the Possibilities of Distance Education: An In-Depth Review of Elluminate Live (Learning Technology)
January 21, 2009
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2009
By bundling such technologies as voice over IP, webcams, text chat, interactive whiteboards, and online polling, collaborative software platforms (such as Elluminate Live) are "flattening the …
- "Hey, Check Out My Wiki!" Faculty Wikis Created for Us, by Us
November 5, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
Institutions are grappling with the challenge of integrating technology into teaching and learning while generating faculty involvement. This presentation will showcase a wiki created by two facult…
- "Listening" with Social Media in the Higher Ed Classroom
May 30, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
Smart phones, social media, and students wanting to be connected at all times can provide distractions and challenges in the classroom. This session suggests that students' constant connecti…
- "Rebooting" Graduate Students' Conceptions of Teaching with Technology
October 19, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2005 Annual Conference
Northwestern University's Academic Technologies and Searle Center for Teaching Excellence collaboratively produced a graduate student teaching with technology workshop and evaluated the effect…