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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 >
- Instructor Engagement with E-Texts, EDUCAUSE Review, 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…
- Resource and Staffing for Cloud Computing: How Is Your Workforce Evolving to Meet This New Environment?
April 30, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Connect: Baltimore
Cloud computing is changing the IT workforce and the skills and abilities needed to meet this new technology environment. IT leaders, managers, and staff are looking to determine ways and paths t…
- 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…
- Results of the 2011 Core Data Survey
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
The EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) is in its ninth year. It has been completely overhauled to expand beyond the original focus on higher education IT costs and staffing. The CDS will now provide…
- The Emergence of the Academic Discipline-Specific Technology Professional
January 14, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2010
The University of Virginia sees a new class of IT roles, "academic discipline-specific technology professionals," as critical to research, teaching, and learning over the next decade. The…
- Maximize Enterprise Productivity by Implementing a TCO Methodology
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Slumping workplace productivity can be intrinsically tied to technological regression. Empirical evidence illustrates that procedurally managing hardware life cycles is strategically superior to a …
- Survey Results: The Management of Public Computing in Research Libraries
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
The session will discuss the results of the recent ARL survey on the management of public computing, including the demand for and scale of library public computing, staffing and organizational stru…
- Global Competitiveness and Technology Policy
April 6, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE Policy Conference 2005
Higher education is expected to train the workers of the future using the technologies of tomorrow. How can IT policies impact how we produce the human resources our country needs to compete in the…