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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
- Five Guidelines for Instituting IT Value Measurement
November 13, 2012
Factors including budget cutbacks, rigorous regulatory requirements, rising demands for IT services, and IT’s contribution to transformative change fuel the need for IT leaders to communicate I…
- Research Computing: The Enabling Role of Information Technology
November 2, 2012
Key Findings Information technology’s primary research computing role is as an enabler of research. Provision of specialized staff—particularly programmers, analysts, and data-inten…
- 2012 ECAR Study of Analytics in Higher Education Infographic
June 22, 2012
The objectives of this research were to assess the current state of analytics in higher education, outline the challenges and barriers to using analytics, and develop a maturity index to provide …
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012 Infographic
September 17, 2012
ECAR has surveyed undergraduate students annually since 2004 about technology in higher education. In 2012, ECAR collaborated with 195 institutions to collect responses from more than 100,000 stu…
- IT Infrastructure to Support Analytics: Laying the Groundwork for Institutional Analytics
October 23, 2012
Analytics has become a hot topic in the educational community, and several key questions must be addressed concerning the infrastructure of an analytics program. These issues include the …
- ACTI-CCI Working Group Status Report (1/10/12)
January 10, 2012
Presentation from the ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ACTI-CCI) Working Group at the ACTI 2012 Member Meeting on January 10, 2012. This presents on the group's 2012 agenda, focusing on the …
- ACTI-CCM Working Group Status Report (1/10/12)
January 10, 2012
Presentation from the ACTI Communication, Collaboration, and Mobility (ACTI-CCM) Working Group at the ACTI 2012 Member Meeting on January 10, 2012. This presents on the group's main focus…
- Distributed Antenna Systems: ACTI Briefing Note
October 11, 2012
Although students, faculty, and staff expect the voice and data capabilities of their mobile devices to simply work everywhere, there are significant technical and financial challenges to making …
- Women CIOs in Higher Education
October 16, 2012
In the professional field of information technology, women are generally underrepresented , and this gap grows wider at the upper end of the field—CIOs and other senior IT executives. Becaus…
- Student Preferences for Mobile App Usage
September 25, 2012
Mobile learning is increasingly an integral part of higher education, and colleges and universities developing mobile learning apps generally face the decision to pursue either device-neutr…