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EDUCAUSE and Internet2 to Launch Etextbook Pilot
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 announced that Courseload, CourseSmart, McGraw-Hill Education and more than 50 publishers are participating in a pilot in fall 2013 to further provide campuses nationwide an opportunity to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms.
The fall 2013 pilot is the latest in a series of efforts. Like its predecessors, the pilots have two principal goals:
- To continue to advance the higher education community’s understanding of online materials and what is necessary for them to attain and surpass the effectiveness, accessibility, economy, and other relevant outcomes associated with traditional textbooks
- To explore innovative business models, terms, and conditions that make access to digital educational materials more flexible, economical, efficient, and simple for institutions and publishers alike
“As we move into the next evaluation opportunity for campuses, we are seeing not only increased interest from publishers and platforms to experiment with new offerings, but also requests from new players to work with Internet2 and EDUCAUSE communities to participate in service design discussions,” said Shelton Waggener, Internet2 senior vice president. “Questions we are asking include, What will the evolving landscape look like in the e-content space? How can designs that previously focused on working with the publishing author or faculty member add institutional and student needs into the e-content design? How can cloud based services interoperate with campus systems and students unique device needs?”
“The fall 2013 offering includes all new experimental platforms direct from McGraw Hill, a new version of software from Courseload that has new features and reflects continued progress on Courseload’s public commitment to accessibility, and a CourseSmart pilot that tests new business models,” said Rodney Petersen, managing director, EDUCAUSE Washington office.
Paula J. Hane
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