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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.
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- It's a Multicloud World: Essential Tenets for a Successful Education Cloud Environment
September 30, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Education IT leaders are looking for innovative ways to drive enterprise value from the cloud. We'll explore the key factors in cloud design, as well as implementing, integrating, and managi…
- Information Strategies in the Connected Age: How New Delivery Models Advance IT Investments from Operational to Transformative
October 2, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Transformative IT initiatives require sound governance, a commitment to community development, and transparent exchange of information. Panelists from Oklahoma Christian University and the Texas …
- Imagine Having a Campus That's Excited by an ERP Implementation!
October 1, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Virtual Conference 2014
ERP implementations can serve as a catalyst for positive change and improved services as opposed to inducing fear and frustration. Come learn how Tallahassee Community College's Workday impl…
- Plan, Deploy, and Sustain a Scalable Enterprise Network Infrastructure in Support of Learning, Research, and Business Operations
October 18, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
This session will share the experiences and business models of two research universities in San Diego (University of California San Diego and San Diego State University) in planning, deploying, and…
- Implementing an Enterprise CRM Strategy in Higher Education
October 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Virtual Annual Conference 2013
In today's dynamic market, building lifelong relationships with key constituencies is more important than ever. Join us to hear about our robust set of flexible relationship management solut…
- SAP Public Services - University of Kentucky: Transforming the Modern Research University
January 1, 2004
To enhance services to students and employees, improve operations, and better manage the business of today's research university, the University of Kentucky chose a flexible, integrated ERP so…
- Enterprise Software Projects: The Veterans' View
January 1, 1999
In recent years, many colleges and universities have undertaken large-scale software initiatives. Along the way to wrestling successes from all the alligators in the swamps of implementation, most …
- From Legacy to Leverage: Creating Synergy In A Multi-Campus System
January 1, 1999
This session will discuss the relationships among academic, administrative, and technology strategic planning in the context of best practices and accountability. A major emphasis will be devoted t…
- Sprinting Up the Learning Curve: An Approach to Rapid Implementation
January 1, 2003
Florida State University (FSU) adopted a rapid approach to software configuration through the transfer of knowledge from BearingPoint consultants to FSU's project team. Come learn how FSU is i…
- Enterprise-Wide Information Systems: Future of ERPs
January 1, 2003
As budgets become more strained and potential consolidation of vendors threatens even more expense, how should institutions using ERP systems approach their strategy in this area? If your instituti…