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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
- 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…
- 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…
- Trainees Expand your Workforce
January 1, 1999
Presentation by Judy Caruso, UW-Madison for CUMREC 1999. This presentation describes 3 trainee programs at UW-Madison: (1) Programming -- Mainframe/Cobol, SAS; (2) Programming -- Access, Oracle, Or…
- A Professional Development Program for IT Employees
January 1, 2001
Georgia Tech has worked diligently over the past several years to create and implement a multi-dimensional professional development program aimed at retaining technical employees. Addressing busine…
- Improving Team Performance with Facilitation
January 1, 1998
This paper discusses the program Ohio State University used to increase the teamwork skills of its Technology Services Staff. The Office of Human Resources joined with University Technology Servic…
- A Smorgasbord of Staff Development Programs: Helping You Choose which Are Right for Your Organization
January 16, 2013
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
We will describe staff development programs and opportunities available for our IT organization as a "smorgasbord" with associated costs and benefits. We will identify the value of each…
- Continually Developing Your IT Staff: Three Proven Models from Experienced Leaders
March 15, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2011
Cloud services, a greater need for business/IT alignment, and other factors are rapidly changing the landscape for the future of IT professionals and their careers. What development opportunities a…
- The Many Benefits of Cultivating Community Among IT Staff in Decentralized Organizations
January 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2010
Today, budgets are increasingly tight and the need for technical training is increasingly vital. While there are common problems and needs among units, the decentralized nature of the university en…
- Hiring, Training, and Retaining Help Desk and ResNet Student Staff
March 11, 2008
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2008
Due to service demands, we often expect our ResNet and student staff to perform miracles. This panel discussion will explore and compare solutions from three different institutions to training, ret…
- No Train, No Gain: Retooling Customer Service Staff into IT Support Professionals
October 24, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Even the most seasoned IT professional needs constant training. How do you instill the love of lifelong learning in nontechnical support staff, at the same time moving them along the continuum towa…