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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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- Reshaping IT for the Future
May 29, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
Is the current standard structure of IT departments sufficient to take IT into the future to meet demands placed on IT departments by emerging technologies and reduced resources? We will discuss …
- Top Issues Facing Today's Business and Financial Officers
August 10, 2011
August 10, 2011, 1:00 p.m. (EDT/GMT-4) What are the biggest challenges currently confronting chief business and financial officers at colleges and universities? How has the current e…
- Delivering the Dual Mission of University IT
July 28, 2011
Presentation at the 2011 ECAR Symposium, July 28, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. University IT departments have evolved organically, but the time has come to purposefully organize to support the du…
- Using BI to Identify Revenue and Resource Reallocation
March 18, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
Like most institutions of higher education, Miami University is facing increasing financial pressures and demands. Miami University has decided to develop a new budget model that will result in the…
- University E-Commerce: A Balancing Act
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
What do you find as your biggest challenge regarding e-commerce solutions? This session will provide a perspective on one university's identification of its challenges and the surprisingly sim…
- What to Do While Your Building or Renovation Project Is On Hold
June 29, 2009
Many campuses will be postponing or curtailing new building projects and renovations due to the current economic climate, but the pressing need for newly configured, technology-enabled spaces has…
- The Dynamic Duo: CFO/CIO Partnerships for Surviving the Economic Downturn
April 17, 2009
As the belts get tightened in higher education, a strong and mutually trusting relationship with the Chief Financial Officer is critically important. Join Reagan Ramsower (CFO) and Pattie Orr (…
- The Economy's Impact on Higher Education
March 17, 2009
In this Spotlight Series of webinars we focus on current economic issues. Kicking off the first in our series of events will be William Jarvis, managing director and head of research at the C…
- Is Technology the Answer to Rising College Costs?
December 2, 2008
College costs are skyrocketing even as low- and middle-income families struggle to make ends meet. Federal and state financial aid hasn't kept up, forcing more students to borrow more money …
- Higher Education in the Age of Paradox: Fostering a Culture of Evidence
May 16, 2006
Presentation at the May 2006 ECAR Academy in Dedham, Massachusetts. "NERCOMP Presents: ECAR Academy" was developed jointly by NERCOMP and ECAR to develop the next generation of current …