Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session

May 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.  My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.  Below is a […]

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Free webinar on open textbooks, April 11th

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Spotlight On Innovation: Attacking High Text Costs While Improving Outcomes Date: Monday, April 11th, 2011 Time: 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT Duration: 50 minutes followed by a live Q&A session As the high cost of college texts negatively impacts student retention and outcomes, what actions can faculty and institutions take to reverse this trend? […]

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The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, webinar summary

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, Where will the 2nd Year Take Us?  A Webinar from the University System of Ohio TeachU, Presented by Stephen R. Acker, Research Director, The Ohio Digital Bookshelf The slides for the webinar are available on slideshare and the webinar archive. The following is a summary of my interpretation of the webinar.  […]

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Ohio’s Digital Textbook Project Webinar Summary

October 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Today I attended the webinar sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents regarding Ohio’s digital textbook project.   Speakers included: Darlene McCoy, Associate Vice Chancellor, Division of Affordability and Efficiency, University System of Ohio; Dr. Steve Acker, Research Director, eTextOhio Project; Dr. Shu Z. Schiller, Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Wright State University; and Eric […]

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Ohio’s Digital Textbook Project – Webinar on Monday

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

The University System of Ohio has been a national leader in supporting innovations that help eliminate textbook costs as a financial barrier to college.  Solving the textbook affordability crisis for Ohio college students is more pressing than ever, as large numbers of students turn to public institutions for high-quality, affordable education. Please join Darlene McCoy, […]

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Ohio Textbook Portal

September 12th, 2008 · Comments Off

The University System of Ohio introduced a textbook portal last week.  This portal, developed by programmers at OhioLINK, searches many sources for textbooks including:  OhioLINK catalog, OhioLINK Electronic Book Center, Safari Tech Books Online, and CourseSmart, an electronic textbook provider.   Textbooks located on CourseSmart can be leased for about 50% of the print cost.  OhioLINK students […]

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