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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- Building a Master Task List
October 2, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
We will walk through the creation of a master task list, the first step in creating a living professional development plan. We will dive into the evaluation of tasks that participants provide in …
- What You Need to Know about Today's Higher Education IT Workforce
December 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - What You Need to Know about Today's Higher Education IT Workforce
Today's challenging economic climate has led some to speculate that there are concomitant changes in the higher education IT workforce-more outsourcing, lower staff morale, and steeper compe…
- A Transformational Leadership and Staff Development Program
October 16, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
The Clemson Computing and Information Technology Leadership Summit emerged in a collaborative, self-organizing and innovative way. This program removes barriers, aligns strengths with opportunities…
- Practical Professional Development: Strategies You Can Use
October 16, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
As a manager, you want to help your staff members enhance their skills and broaden their perspectives. We all know that investing in people results in improved performance, better work products and…
- Talent Management: Aligning IT's Most Strategic Asset
September 8, 2010
Talent management is the process of attracting, selecting, training, developing, and promoting employees throughout the institution. The focus is on obtaining and developing talent to ensure that…
- Spotlight on Cloud Computing: Professional Development and Staffing for the Cloud
August 25, 2010
Are you getting ready for the cloud? How will the utilization of cloud services impact the skill set requirements and professional development paths for our staff? What are the types and levels 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…
- Mentoring: A Learning Collaboration
January 1, 2006
Many IT leaders across the country cite professional mentoring as a factor significant to their career success. Thoughtful, personalized, professional mentoring is crucial for those who aspire to…
- Choose Your Own Adventure
January 17, 2013
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Where are you in your IT career? Find out what skills and qualifications are needed to move into middle management or to an executive position and discuss the reality of getting there with academ…
- TechKnowFile.03: Building CommunITy
January 1, 2003
Showcasing an institution's technology and knowledge should not be the exclusive domain of international forums such as EDUCAUSE. Learn how the University of Toronto created an information tec…