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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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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Textbooks
- Outsourcing Student Collaborative Services
September 10, 2007
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- Capturing a University's Most Abundant Natural Resource in an Economic Downturn
January 1, 2004
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- Disaster Prevention and the Student Team: A Model of Student Computer Support at Claremont McKenna College
January 1, 2004
The Residential Technology Assistant (RTA) program has, in five years, progressed from an untrained group of four students to a highly trained team of 15 students. From computer setup and maintenan…
- Managing for Today's Operational Realities
January 1, 2004
In today's stressful environment, it is extremely important that managers in higher education nurture and motivate staff members to meet the increasing challenges they face. This session will …
- Managing in These Times
January 1, 2003
These days we are all overscheduled, overworked, and overwrought. Good management is a challenge in this environment, yet it is more important than ever. For managers and their staff, stress is ram…
- Budget Cuts: Meeting the Crisis Head On!
January 1, 2003
In the past year, West Virginia University's Admissions & Records Office reduced staff yet increased staff moral, reduced backlog while processing more applications, and eliminated overtim…
- Harnessing Technological Change to Serve a Changing Student Demography: Strategies for Integrating Asynchronous Teaching and Learning Approaches. Videoconference #1; People-Ware: Who Are the People Who Will Make it Happen?
January 1, 2001
Successful implementation of the New Technologies in support of online instruction requires a team of active and committed faculty and appropriate IT staff as well as a supportive administration.…
- 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…
- The Outlook for ASP and IT Outsourcing in Higher Education
January 1, 2002
Under ECAR sponsorship, INPUT completed a survey of the EDUCAUSE membership, including vendors, to determine the extent and nature of IT outsourcing in higher education. At this session, INPUT will…
- Providing and Managing Technology Training
January 1, 2002
A new CIO/VP of Information Services at the University of Akron had a vision of increased distributed learning, wireless access to the network, ubiquitous laptop computing, and a six-month implemen…