I sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar today on the eTextbook pilot project at NW Missouri State University. Some background:
NWMS University has been purchasing textbooks for their students for the last 100 years! They also provide notebook PC’s to students for a rather small fee. Testing the eTextbook plan with the SONY Reader was the logical next step. The pilot was last Fall. The campus library is a separate function on campus, they were not involved in this project. The presenters will be speaking at the EDUCAUSE conference in Denver this fall. Continue reading
Short notice, but this one looks good and it’s FREE – EDUCAUSE E-Readers and E- Textbooks: Current Reality and Future Possibilities. Speakers include Jon T. Rickman and Roger Von Holzen from Northwest Missouri State University. Hopefully they will go into more detail on their pilot program, which was in an EduCause article earlier this year.
Abstract: This seminar will initially address the current state of e-reader devices and their functionality as platforms for the delivery of e-textbooks, as experienced by Northwest Missouri State University in its 2008–2009 pilot study. The presenters will then explore the full capabilities of e-textbooks for online, blended, and face-to-face classes, along with key practical considerations with respect to costs, infrastructure, and academic issues.
Great article in the EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.” Authors, Jon T. Rickman, Roger Von Holzen, Paul G. Klute, and Teri Tobin describes the process that Northwest Missouri State University followed to transition from a textbook rental program to an eTextbook rental program. eBook Readers, Laptops, and the NMSU implementation plan are discussed in detail. Continue reading
From Teleread By David Rothman
6 Lessons One Campus Learned about E-Textbooks is the headline over Jeffrey R. Young’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But perhaps it should read instead, “E-textbooks not ready for college students yet, at least in many cases.”
Northwestern Missouri State University used the Sony Reader in a pilot study and, according to Young, found that students demanded printed books instead because of navigation problems with E.
Mind you, this wasn’t with the new PRS-700, which lets you use a stylus to move around. So maybe the results would have been different. Continue reading