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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
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- Is It DAM Time for Teaching and Learning?
August 8, 2006
Faculty and students flock to our online environments, filling the teaching and learning pipeline with digital content. This discussion will cover how digital asset management (DAM) systems can ma…
- International Collaborations
August 9, 2006
How can institutions develop, coordinate, and sustain strategic global activities to encourage and support international engagement? This session will examine how to connect international constitue…
- The iPod: Creating a Pocket Full of Learning in an iCommunity
August 9, 2006
The skeptics hold that an iPod is only an MP3 player and has no proper place in education, yet with campus unity, sound pedagogical development, and innovative thinking, Georgia College has enhance…
- Service Oriented Architecture
August 9, 2006
Successful migration to service oriented architect (SOA) requires complex changes in culture, technology, organization, and budget. This session will define SOA, explain the benefits, give example …
- Net Gen Learners: What Are Their Expectations?
August 7, 2006
The literature on Net Gen students predicted a wave of technology-hungry students, yet recent research indicates some reserve or push backthey don't want technology everywhere. This panel wi…
- Institutional Podcasting and Media Sharing
August 8, 2006
New technologies make it easier to create and distribute a digital record of academic events. The panelists will describe several capture-and-dissemination approaches, highlighting issues regarding…
- Virtualization in the Datacenter
August 8, 2006
Facing data center resource constraints, Bowdoin College leveraged new technology to meet its current and future needs. Last year we consolidated more than 60 servers into 9 VMWare hosts, created a…
- Making It Real
June 28, 2006
Now that you have an understanding of the intra- and intercampus use of Shibboleth, what are others doing in the government, industry, and education sectors both nationally and internationally, and…