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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
- Comments of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
May 8, 2008
Comments of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; Proposed Rule, Federal Register , Vol. 73, No. 57, U.S. Department…
- Letter sent by USACM to Congress
April 14, 2008
Letter sent by USACM, to Congress regarding technology-based filtering of Internet traffic by universities; April 14, 2008. Letter sent by USACM,…
- A Blueprint for Big Broadband
January 29, 2008
This report proposes bringing the federal government, state governments, and the private sector together as part of a new approach to making high-speed Internet services available across the coun…
- Workshop on Requirements for Technological Control of Illegal File Sharing on College and University Networks
October 3, 2007
This is the report from a technology workshop held under the direction of the Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities. The workshop, held April 19-20, 2007, was…
- Community Broadband Act of 2007 Sign on Letters
October 1, 2007
EDUCAUSE has once again joined a broad coalition of association, corporations and public interest groups encouraging Congress to pass legislation permitting local governments to build and deploy …
- Report on Four Technologies Demonstrated at UCF on July 27, 2007
September 27, 2007
These are the results of testing done at the University of Central Florida by Dr. Lei Wei on four emergency notification technologies: Madahcomm, Athoc, ConnectED, and ViaRadio. …
- Broadband America â€“ Realizing the Vision
August 1, 2007
In this brochure, EDUCAUSE and the Network Policy Council sets forth broadband policy goals that can form a basis for a comprehensive government, education and industry effort that moves America …
- ACUTA Alert: Federal Rules Governing Destruction of Electronically Stored Information
January 1, 2006
This is an ACUTA alert document, concerning the federal rules Governing destruction of electronically stored information. This is an ACUTA alert docume…
- Guidelines for Preservation of ESI/Responding to E-Discovery
January 1, 2006
This document contains the guidelines developed by Cornell's University Information Technologies and the Office of University Counsel to preserve and collect relevant data in light of anticipa…
- E-Discovery Data Options
January 1, 2006
This document outlines the three steps required by the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure â€“ hold, preserve, and search â€“ as well as the factors and options institutions of higher ed…