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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
- The EDUCAUSE 2014 Top-Ten IT Issues: Be the Change You See
April 16, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - The EDUCAUSE 2014 Top-Ten IT Issues
This year marks a turning point for higher education IT organizations, when the new ideas, solutions, and models that have been accumulating in higher education and technology will hit them-and t…
- Creating Student Staff Training and Performance Evaluation Plans
May 30, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
This session will focus on student staff training and performance assessment. The goal of this workshop is to have the attendees leave the session with a student worker training plan, student wor…
- A Transformational Leadership and Staff Development Program
May 29, 2013
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) has a leadership story that may surprise you. This presentation will outline the CCIT Leadership Summit that emerged in a collaborative, self-o…
- Successful Mentoring Relationships for Career Development
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Online Conference 2013
Participation in mentoring activities can be a key success factor in your career development. But how do you start? How do you find the right mentor or set of mentors for your situation? What shoul…
- Building a Training Network: The Technology Liaison Program
January 1, 2004
Washington and Lee University leverages scarce resources available for technology training by recruiting and equipping dozens of staff members in academic and administrative departments across camp…
- Staff Development: The Whole Package
January 1, 2003
Learn about the Yale Medical School IT department's comprehensive staff development program with its (1) focus on processes and tools (including goal setting, execution and assessment for skil…
- Harnessing Technological Change to Serve a Changing Student Demography: Strategies for Integrating Asynchronous Teaching and Learning Approaches. Videoconference #1; People-Ware: Who Are the People Who Will Make it Happen?
January 1, 2001
Successful implementation of the New Technologies in support of online instruction requires a team of active and committed faculty and appropriate IT staff as well as a supportive administration.…
- How to Foster Agile Working Groups at Your Institution
January 17, 2013
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Does your staff feel overwhelmed? Always working in crisis mode? Are you looking for ways to empower your staff and go from a reactive to a proactive culture? Investigate the option of agile, sha…
- What IT Leaders Need to Know about Motivating the Youngest Generation of IT Employees
November 8, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2012 Online Annual Conference
There are clear motivational differences between Millennial IT workers and the generations that have come before them. This session will present findings from recent research at Purdue University…
- Improving Teaching and Learning Through a New Academic Technologist Role
June 4, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2008
This session will describe lessons learned from the perspective of a public institution's creation of a "new" academic technologist role. The process included the willingness of IT l…