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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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- 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…
- Spotlight on Cloud Computing Series: Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing
March 18, 2010
Gartner says the hype cycle on cloud computing is at its peak, with a long slide into the “trough of disappointment” about to begin. Why is higher education still so excited about cloud compu…
- Partly Cloudy? What a CBO Should Know about Cloud Computing
June 29, 2009
Cloud computing presents an opportunity for outsourcing what have long been core internal IT functions and systems on campus. In the coming months and years, many institutions will be exploring …
- Exploring Student Communications Services for the 21st Century
September 19, 2007
Today’s IT leaders face multiple challenges united by a common thread: determining when to provide custom IT services for students, when to facilitate their use of external IT services, and whe…
- Outsourcing E-Mail and Other Commodity Services
June 19, 2007
Increasingly campuses are considering outsourcing commodity IT services such as e-mail, instant messaging, and calendaring, either for students or for the entire institution. One of the most wide…
- A Conversation with Campus Counsel on Current Developments in IT Outsourcing: Legal Challenges and Practical Suggestions
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Join us for a lively discussion of the latest developments in legal issues surrounding IT outsourcing and the use of third parties to provide electronic tools and services for use by faculty, staff…
- Cloud Collaboration with Google Apps
March 14, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2011
This special "Experience IT" session is designed to offer a hands-on, highly interactive introduction to an emerging tool and explore its potential impact for professional development and…
- Owning a Data Center Is So Last Century!
October 14, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Still investing in your local campus data center? Do you pine for ever more virtual servers housed with greener power and improved cooling efficiencies? Why is a data center a higher education core…
- Cloud Computing Policy and Legal Issues
February 18, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2010
As institutions explore alternative IT sourcing strategies, including cloud computing, a variety of policy and legal issues must be carefully considered as part of the planning process. The privacy…
- Embracing the Cloud: New Approaches for Delivering Campus IT Services—Strategy and Policy Development
November 6, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
Outsourcing, open source, SaaS, and virtualization offer new approaches for delivering campus IT services. Examples at NJIT include Google Mail, Postini, Moodle, iTunes U, thin-client desktops, and…