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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…
- Tech Fellows: Developing Student Workers into Instructional Technology Assistants
March 30, 2011
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2011
The notion of hiring student workers to help with technology support has been around for years. Many institutions enlist students to answer phones, log tickets, install software, and troubleshoot i…
- Doing More with Less: Student Worker Support
March 29, 2011
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2011
In the current campus setting we are constantly being tasked to do more with less. One of the biggest issues is the lack of full-time staff and what to do when there simply aren't enough resou…
- 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…
- Leveraging Student Project Teams for Individual Growth and Organizational Needs
March 18, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2008
The CITES Help Desk has begun organizing student project teams as a creative approach to internal programming and training tasks while providing undergraduate employees with professional growth opp…
- Cultivating an Agile Workplace: When Eight-to-Five meets the Net Gen Worker
October 24, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Net Gen workers are your new hires, student employees, and recent graduates text messaging you about that job posting! Be prepared to transform your work environment and rethink institutional polic…
- Good Help Isn't Always Hard to Find: Hiring and Training Part-Time Student Support Staff
March 8, 2005
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2005
Despite what seem to be drastically different contexts, staff in phone support desks, drop-in support centers, or traditional library desks encounter the same issues when hiring and training studen…
- Student Workers, A Guaranteed Winning Investment
October 21, 2004
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2004 Annual Conference
In today's campus environment, we all rely on student workers to help support the functioning of our campuses. Rowan University has developed a student worker program that combines WebCT and r…