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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
- Improving Learning and Reducing Costs: The Program in Course Redesign
November 20, 2003
This presentation on Improving Learning and Reducing Costs: The Program in Course Redesign was presented at the November 2003 ECAR Symposium. Thi…
- The New Student
May 16, 2002
This presentation was presented at the 2002 ECAR summer symposium and again at the 2002 Corporate Forum at E2002 in Atlanta. This presentation wa…
- ERP Call Centers: Benchmarking and Implementation
December 9, 2003
This bulletin describes principles, structure, reporting structure, and best practices related to call centers specifically designed to support institution-wide applications. Based on a case stud…
- Federating Identify Management: Standards, Technologies and Industry Trends
November 20, 2003
Federated identity management has emerged as a strategic requirement to enterprises. Traditional approaches such as delegated administration or directory synchronization do not support many users…
- Leadership Style and the IT Leader in Higher Education: Summary of Findings
November 20, 2003
This session will present findings from two recent studies that investigated the relationship between leadership style and IT leadership in higher education. The studies provide evidence that lea…
- Dealing with the Future Now: Principles for Creating a Vital Campus in a Climate of Restricted Resources
November 21, 2003
Presentation at the November 2003 ECAR Symposium Presentation at the November 2003 ECAR Symposium …
- Aligning IT Strategy to Open Source, Partnering, and Web Services
November 25, 2003
This research bulletin examines the current state of open source initiatives in higher education. It provides a roadmap for incorporating open source application development in an information tec…
- 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…
- Information Technology Security Policy: Keys to Success
November 11, 2003
This bulletin examines how higher education is coping with managing information technology security from the policy perspective. It focuses particular attention on policy processes and programs t…
- The CIO in Higher Education: Leadership, Competencies, Effectivenes
October 28, 2003
As more IT leaders assume a cabinet-level role as chief information officer, colleges and universities with truly effective IT leaders have a strategic advantage. This bulletin analyzes the findi…