Digital Course Materials

Here you'll find articles detailing new developments in the area of e-textbooks, open educational resources and other digital course materials, along with stories about institutions adopting them.


Cengage Adds Career Resources to Subscription Service

Cengage is adding a free Career Center for subscribers of Cengage Unlimited, the company's course materials subscription service.

FlatWorld Adds New Features to Homework Platform

Course materials provider FlatWorld is updating its homework platform with new capabilities. Included free with most of the company’s textbooks, FlatWorld Homework combines student assignments with instructor grading tools in a mobile-friendly interface.

Google Arts & Culture Taps Stratasys Tech to Create 3D Printed Artifacts

Google Arts & Culture, a Google project making high-resolution images of museum collections available to the public in an online repository, is now using 3D printing to bring historical artifacts and monuments to life for its Open Heritage Project.

Knewton Launches Multi-Course Subscription

Knewton has updated its subscription options to allow students to access multiple courses. Priced at $79.99, the new Altapass gives students unlimited use of multiple Alta products across a single subject area for up to two years.

FlatWorld Intros Customizable Subscription Service

Learning materials publisher FlatWorld is now offering Flatworld Institutional, a textbook subscription service that allows universities and departments to tailor the textbook selection to students' specific needs.

OER Awareness Among Faculty Gaining Ground

The use of open educational resources could be at a turning point: It's beginning to shake off its fringe reputation and gain greater recognition among faculty and department heads. A recent Babson Survey Research Group study found "steady growth in awareness" among these individuals and predicted that adoption growth could accelerate.

Criminal Justice Associate Program Redesigned for Zero Textbook Costs

A community college in New York City has introduced a criminal justice associate's degree that will use only open educational resources. The Borough of Manhattan Community College said the move is expected to save each student about $2,500 in textbook costs.

Digital Dominates in College Libraries

For the second year running, library collections in higher education now contain more digital items than physical. According to preliminary numbers issued by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 2.5 billion items in colleges and universities in 2017, 59 percent were digital — books, databases, media and serials — and 41 percent were physical.

VR Tops Faculty Wish List for the Classroom

In our 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, faculty members told us about their most-wanted hardware and software, feelings on tech's value for learning, technologies they're using in class and more.

Civitas Adds OER Search to Course Schedule Planner

A new open educational resources search tool has been directly integrated into Civitas Learning's academic planning platform, letting students know if O.E.R. materials are available as they build their course schedules.

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