Cost is the main reason why colleges and universities are shifting from paper to electronic textbooks, according to a new report from the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR). Other motivating factors behind e-textbook adoption include availability, portability, functionality, and innovation.
The conversion from printed instructional content to digital content is inevitable. Just as the music industry progressed from vinyl to tape to CD and now to digital formats, so progresses the instructional content industry. With any change comes some level of resistance, doubt, and barriers to progress. The conversion from printed to digital content is no exception. Here, we'll propose initiatives to overcome these barriers.
A site for accessing freely available education materials from public agencies has just been revamped for the third time in its lengthy history to include a cleaner interface and many more listings. The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) helps educators, students, and others find digital teaching and learning resources maintained by the federal government.
PBS and its member stations are adding a new premium tier to the PBS LearningMedia service.
Educational technology company Pearson has launched its OpenClass Exchange for instructors. Out of the gate, the new open education resource (OER) catalog will include links to 680,000 instructional and learning items.
"MOOCs represent the logical outcome of the move toward learner-initiated learning," says Trent Batson, "If the vast majority of learners in the global connected culture are not enrolled in college, education has to extend to those new learners." Here, Batson takes another look at the phenomenon known as massive open online courses--what MOOCs are, and what they aren't.
SharedBook has added new features to AcademicPub Content Library that allow colleges and universities to customize content for their libraries.
Sophia.org has launched Operation College Success, an initiative designed to improve college readiness and help make college more affordable through free resources for students.
A discussion of eText and how higher education institutions can prepare for a shift from print to digital course materials and textbooks.
Tennessee Board of Regents' Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technology Robbie Melton gave the opening keynote yesterday at CT Forum 2013 in San Diego. CT followed up with a brief interview.