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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
- Creative Commons Launches OER Policy Registry
March 27, 2012
Creative Commons has announced the formation of an Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Registry with a call for individuals and institutions to share "OER legislation, OER instituti…
- 7 Things You Should Know About WordPress
September 2, 2011
WordPress is an open-source web application that is fundamentally a tool for publishing content , and a broad array of colleges and universities have made use of WordPress and encouraged its …
- Got Open Textbook?
September 15, 2011
A session at the ELI 2011 Online Fall Focus Session
This session will focus on my journey of finding, adopting, and using open-source educational resources in physics and astronomy classes over the past three years. Enrollment in classes is up, st…
- Open Resources: The Need for Integration
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Over the past 10 years or so there has been a growing, and inexorable, movement toward making scholarly and academic resources openly available. Within IT this first appeared in open-source softwar…
- Office of Science and Technology Policy Comments Available on Federally Funded Scientific Research Results
January 30, 2012
In November 2011 ,the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued two calls for public comment—one on Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federal…
- Reconsidering the Learning Management System - Furniture provided by Herman Miller, An EDUCAUSE Silver Partner
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
From Community Source to Open Data: Leveraging the Sakai Community to Make Better Decisions Steven Lonn, Research Fellow, University of Michigan Mathieu Plourde, Project Leader, LMS, Universi…
- F-LECCS: Open Platform for Virtual Learning Environments (Institutional Scope)
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
F-LECCS is a project supported by Japanese government. Fukui's seven higher educational institutions began cooperating with each other in order to build "one virtual university environmen…
- Open Governance in Higher Education: Extending the Past to the Future
February 7, 2011
Patrick Masson ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is Chief Technology Officer of UMassOnline, the online consortium of the University of Massachusetts. Comments on this article can be posted to…
- The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy Issues Two Requests for Information
November 18, 2011
The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy has recently issued two calls for public comment. One deals with policies for access to peer-reviewed journal articles reporting on federally …
- Federal “Learning Registry” for Digital Materials Launched
November 14, 2011
Released roughly one year ago, the U.S. Department of Education’s 2010 National Education Technology Plan ( http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010 ) called for the development of “an open-…