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.


NJ College Signs on for Unlimited Curriculum Service

Beginning this fall, Union County College students will have access to digital textbooks and other online course materials on the first day of class through an agreement the New Jersey college has signed with Cengage.

U Texas System Task Force Charged with Making College More Affordable

A new task force with provosts, library directors, faculty and students at the University of Texas System will spend the next year sorting out ways to make college more affordable.

Grossmont College OER Use Grows 1,700 Percent in 3 Years

California's Grossmont College has grown its use of open educational resources from six instructors in 2016 to about 100 this spring. To accelerate continued growth, recently the school also appointed two student interns to promote the use of O.E.R.

Austin CC Expands Zero-Textbook-Cost Degrees

Austin Community College in Texas is expanding its use of open educational resources in a big way. The school is working on developing a zero-textbook-cost business degree, and last fall, the school launched two "Z-degree" programs: an associate of science in general studies and an associate of arts in general studies.

Virtual Bookstore to Save Goucher College Students Up to 70 Percent on Textbooks

This fall, students at Goucher College can save up to 70 percent off publisher list textbook prices thanks to the institution's partnership with eCampus.com.

Carnegie Mellon and Lumen Learning Partner on Evaluating Learning Materials

Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative, a cross-disciplinary effort to develop a "learning engineering ecosystem" for improving student outcomes, is teaming up with open courseware provider Lumen Learning to "share tools for developing, evaluating and continuously improving evidence-based learning materials."

New McGraw-Hill Offering Helps Faculty Create Customized Digital Courseware

McGraw-Hill has introduced Open Learning Solutions, a new offering that provides tools and support for developing customized digital course materials.

Arizona State Working with Community Colleges in Interactive OER Pilot

Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is working with three of the largest community college systems in the country to adopt the use of interactive open educational resources. The Consortium for Open Active Pathways, as it's called, will use technology to increase the availability of college-level educational materials, particularly in healthcare studies.

Survey: Most Students Shop on Amazon to Save Money on Textbooks

According to a recent survey, Amazon is the primary purchase channel for college students to buy their textbooks, beating out other websites as well as the brick-and-mortar college bookstore.

Best Sources for Free Digital Textbooks and More

To help your students reduce the cost of their education, begin with open educational resources. Many of these textbooks won't cost them anything.

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