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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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- "This Place is Awesome!": Program, Service, and Staff Planning for the Center for Science and Social Science Information
March 12, 2013
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
This session will address how new services, staffing models, and a renovated space were created to support today's interdisciplinary and technology-dependent scholarship. The Yale Science Libr…
- 2003 Annual Gartner-EDUCAUSE Update
January 1, 2003
Higher education CIOs continue to face pressure to do more with less. In this session we will look at how to build strong relationships and an appropriate model for IT governance, how to define and…
- A Balanced Scorecard for an Applications Development Organization
January 1, 2002
In UW-Madison's Applications Technology (AT) department, a Balanced Scorecard helps address key issues in applications development. It includes a vision, strategic objectives, goals, and measu…
- A Business Continuity Planning Toolkit
May 5, 2008
A session at the Security 2008
As major disasters bring acute awareness to readiness, many higher education institutions have taken the initiative to develop and refine their handling of major disruptions on campus. This presen…
- A Collaborative Approach to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
February 22, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2007
Loyola Marymount University and Bowdoin College have formed a business partnership to inexpensively provide an enterprise-class disaster-recovery and business-continuity solution for their institut…
- A College-Wide Collaboration Develops a Multilayer Approach for Improving Campus Safety
November 5, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
Regardless of a college's location—urban, suburban, or rural—students and parents have increasing expectations that campuses will keep students from harm. A college-wide partnership at SUN…
- A Conversation with CIOs on Current Campus IT Initiatives and Trends
August 9, 2011
Join leading CIOs in a conversation about their current campus IT issues and initiatives. Hear and discuss the institutional challenges CIO and Senior IT Leaders are facing related to administ…
- A Customer-Oriented Approach to IT Decision Making
January 1, 2003
The University of the South has developed a customer life-cycle approach to strategic decision making for technology. This method is straightforward, inexpensive, and effective. The presentation wi…
- 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 …
- A Framework for Successful Enterprise-Wide IT Implementations
January 1, 2001
This presentation will highlight some of the challenges IT presents for institutions. Attendees will assess how well prepared their institutions are in a variety of areas, from portals to policy to…