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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
- Transformation Through Collaboration
January 1, 2003
This presentation will describe strategic planning processes and the resulting transformational outcomes at the system and campus levels. In 1999 the University of North Carolina developed an infor…
- A Doable Vision
January 1, 2003
The processes that the Maricopa Community Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Madison used to vision the future and the resulting ideas will be presented. We will briefly describe the process …
- Making a Difference on Campus and Beyond
March 26, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2012
An often-stated, but well-justified expression is that Â´we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before.' Our community is comprised of countless individuals who are highly commit…
- It's Not the Plan, It's the Planning
October 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Strategic planning for an information systems organization in the higher education environment is uniquely challenging. Developing and socializing the strategy throughout the academic, research, ad…
- No Free Lunch: A Condensed Strategic Planning Process
November 5, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
Strategic planning is frequently associated with glazed eyes and endless meetings. Can the process be condensed into a few short hours and still produce an effective, flexible document? This presen…
- The Development of an Institutional IT Policy Process
March 18, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2008
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has developed a process for the life cycle of institutional IT policy that emphasizes the involvement of governance bodies, functional offices, campus departme…
- Seminar 09F - Strategic IT Planning in Higher Education Environments PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee is required to attend this seminar.
October 23, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
This workshop covers information technology strategic planning in higher education environments. Participants will receive an overview of different approaches to strategic planning for technology, …
- Business Continuity Planning: From Writing to Testing
April 11, 2007
A session at the Security 2007
Organizations now realize that business continuity plans are Â“must haves.Â” Instead of a slow-and-steady approach, Prince George's Community College went whole hog and wrote a business …
- Building an Enterprise Architecture Program at Saint Louis University
March 13, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
Enterprise architecture (EA) focuses on aligning technology and process with strategic objectives. EA achieves this end by employing a rigorous methodology and governance model to control change an…
- Planning and Creating an IT Infrastructure: One Branch Campus's Experience from the Middle East
January 18, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
This presentation will involve a summary of shared experiences by a first-time CIO deployed to a branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar. An overview of challenges, obstacl…