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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 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
- Supporting Research through the Development of a Data Management Plan Service
November 8, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
Campuses are keenly aware of the need to adequately provide support services for research activities at all stages of development. This session will discuss how campuses can realign to support rese…
- ACTI Community Update (10/19/11)
October 19, 2011
An update on the Advanced Core Technologies Initiative ( ACTI ) and its working groups, provided at EDUCAUSE 2011. Provides a look at its members, activities, the upcoming in-person member meet…
- ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CCI) Meeting
October 18, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
The Advanced Core Technologies Initiative Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group will report on its latest projects and upcoming work. This is an excellent forum to share your insights and exch…
- Integrating Cyberinfrastructure Technologies
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
ECAR's 2008 research study about cyberinfrastructure explored higher education's involvement in five research-related technologies. This presentation will summarize findings about the pro…
- Leading the IT Workforce in Higher Education
October 29, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
This session will present the results of recent ECAR research by Philip Goldstein on IT leadership. The research examined critical topics including the potential impact on the workforce of boomer r…
- IT Funding in Higher Education: Findings from ECAR
October 22, 2004
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2004 Annual Conference
In early 2004, the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research received survey information from nearly 500 colleges and universities regarding their funding environment, trends, strategies, and direc…
- IT Security: The State of the Practice in Higher Education
November 6, 2003
In the spring of 2003, the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) launched a major study of IT security in higher education. Nearly 500 colleges and universities responded to the ECAR q…