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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 >
- Instructor Engagement with E-Texts, EDUCAUSE Review, February 2015. This case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on the participation levels and motivations of instructors in engaging with digital textbooks.
- Assessment with E-Textbook Analytics, ECAR Research Bulletin, February 2015, The purpose of this research bulletin is to provide concrete strategies, grounded in research with e-textbook analytics, on how to use data from interactive platforms to inform decisions about supporting student learning with educational technology.
- 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
- ACTI Data Management Glossary
February 27, 2013
The ACTI Data Management Working Group has published a Data Management Glossary that identifies common terms in data management. It is the hopes that this glossary will be a growing document …
- Measuring User Satisfaction: Why It's Important and How to Do It - Infographic
August 16, 2012
As institutions look to reduce or contain costs, CIOs, institutional leaders, and service managers are challenged to optimize service delivery based on costs, features, and quality. Evaluating se…
- IT Salaries in Higher Education, 2012
February 15, 2013
IT salaries account for 39% of the IT budget . They compensate IT staff, whose performance lays the groundwork for an efficiently run institution that provides the highest quality education an…
- Big Research Support from a Small IT Organization: Montana State University Billings
February 1, 2013
For the typical, small central IT organization with limited funding, finding the adequate resources to provide requisite infrastructure, equipment, software, and technical support can be ch…
- Empowering Technology Research Support: University of Washington
February 1, 2013
The University of Washington Information Technology (UW-IT) department and UW’s eScience Institute have been charged with supporting the research community’s vast and sophisticated technolo…
- Developing a Campus Mobile Strategy: Guidelines, Tools, and Best Practices
January 24, 2013
This guide from the ACTI Mobile Web Frameworks Working Group helps walk you through the steps of: Making the Case for Mobility, Thinking Through a Mobility Strategy, Developing Institutional …
- Mobile Framework Evaluation Spreadsheet
January 14, 2013
This Excel document was created by the ACTI Mobile Web Frameworks Working Group to accompany their January 2013 white paper, Developing a Campus Mobile Strategy: Guidelines, Tools, and Be…
- Developing an Institutional Research Data Management Plan Service
January 8, 2013
Institutions and researchers have worked together for years on streamlining and improving campus processes to sustain institutional research at all levels. The challenges have been and are many. …
- Classroom and Instructional Technology
December 18, 2012
This CDS Spotlight focuses on survey results related to classroom technology . Creating effective learning environments in higher education classrooms with technology poses an ongoing challe…
- ACTI Update: Meeting Report
November 28, 2012
Members and others interested in advanced core technologies joined the November 6 ACTI Update meeting at the 2012 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. This report includes highlights f…