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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
- Cal State Report on Google Apps Accessibility Posted
June 21, 2011
The California State University Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) has posted a report on the accessibility of Google Apps. The report stems from a collaborative effort by volunteers from se…
- EDUCAUSE Letter to Wisconsin Governor and Legislative Leadership Supports Cooperative Approaches to Public Networking
June 14, 2011
Over the past fifteen years, education and research in colleges and universities have benefited immensely from cooperative local, state, and national networking initiatives that have provided fl…
- Accessibility: The NFB, Google, Microsoft, and You
June 9, 2011
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) have expressed concern about campus use of technologies that are inaccessible to people with disabilities. Ov…
- Google Apps and the National Federation of the Blind
March 17, 2011
Earlier this week, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) asked the Department of Justice to take action against New York University and Northwestern University for adopting Google Apps for …
- Unboxing of the Galaxy Tab
January 5, 2011
At Seton Hall University we have an ongoing iPad pilot project with our School of Graduate Medical Education. This has been quite successful, in large part because there are a number of iPad ap…
- Update on Those Dammed UCLA Videos
February 10, 2010
On January 30, I reported on UCLA's decision to temporarily stop faculty from posting streaming videos on course Web pages. That decision was taken in response to a threatened copyright-…
- UCLA Video Streaming Damned, Dammed
January 30, 2010
Updated Feb. 10 On Tuesday, January 26, Inside Higher Education reported that UCLA was " Hitting Pause on Class Videos ". Under threat of a lawsuit from AIME, the A…
- 21st Century Technology and Business Practices to be Subject of FTC Privacy Roundtables
September 29, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced plans to hold three roundtables that will focus on consumer privacy issues. According to the announcement, the purpose of the series of round…
- EDUCAUSE Now - John Wilbanks and Science Commons
September 14, 2009
This podcast was originally published January 15, 2009. Welcome to EDUCAUSE Now! Join host Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for a look at making research more streamlined with the open sharing …
- EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009 - Think Stops
June 22, 2009
EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009 - Think Stops Think Stop #1 Question: Cloud Computing – What is your institution doing? What are the impacts on infrastructure? …