Wednesday, March 23, 2011

FREE TechU Ohio Webinar > Update on eTextbooks > March 24 2011 | 11 AM EDT

Update on eTextbooks

Date: March 24, 2011 / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon EDT

Presenter: Steve Acker, OhioLINK

Summary: Ohio’s textbook affordability initiative focuses on improving learning outcomes as well as reducing the cost of textbooks. A major component of the plan is the Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project. 

In Year 1 of the Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project, five major publishers made their Introductory Psychology textbook available in digital form at a discount from print of 70%. In Year 2, the disciplines of Accounting, Biology, and Economics will be added and aggressive efforts to bring more librarians, instructional designers, and accessibility experts into the community will be undertaken. 

The three strands of the Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project’s "DNA" are (1) working with traditional textbook publishers, (2) engaging in open educational resources initiatives, and (3) supporting digital literacy workshops and programs for both faculty and students reaching toward “personalized learning environments.”  
Each of these strands is connected and will interoperate as the learning materials environment evolves over the next five years. Traditional publishers will adapt to the OER movement, which will continue to change as an alternative to current practices. Faculty and students will continue to develop “personalized learning environments” for collecting, packaging and using content to serve individualized learning needs. We will discuss all of this, and more, in this OLN webinar.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Digital Bookstore Summit | April 26 2011 | Columbus, Ohio |

Digital Bookstore Summit | April 26 2011 | Columbus, Ohio |

Location: Columbus State Community College Conference Center

Street: 315 Cleveland Avenue, 4th floor

Space is limited to the first 120 participants


8:00 -9:00 a.m. Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview - Darlene McCoy, Associate Vice Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents

9:15-10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion – Ballroom

Brief statement by each panel member and discussion in response to this prompt: Five years from now, what will the market for learning materials be, what strategic proposals will drive your contribution to that market, and how can we work together for the cost and learning benefits of our students? Facilitated by Steve Acker.


Stacy Waymire, Executive Director, Independent College Bookstore Association

Charles Ginn, Ohio Faculty Innovator and Field Service Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati

Vineet Madan, Vice President Learning Ecosystems, McGraw Hill Education

Jeff Shelstad, Founder/CEO, Flat World Knowledge

John Magill, Executive Director, OhioLINK

Elizabeth Cates, President of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, University of Cincinnati

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

There will be 4 breakout sessions. Each group will engage in an action oriented dialogue around concrete strategies for
addressing more affordable textbooks and improved student learning over the next 2 years. [Room assignment listed on name badge.]

Room 402 Facilitator: Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents

Room 404 Facilitator: Charles Ginn, Field Service Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati

Room 409 Facilitator: Ann O’Beay, Ohio Board of Regents

Room 415 Facilitator: Julie Banks, University Retail Operations Manager, University of Dayton

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Box Lunch (working lunch)

1 – 2:00 p.m. Continue Breakout Sessions Prepare Outcomes for Sharing

2:00-2:15 p.m. Break (afternoon refreshments)

2:15-3:30 p.m. Report Out, General Discussion and Next Steps - Ballroom

3:30 p.m. Adjourn and thanks


Note: Steve Acker presentation PPT "Digital Textbooks/Learning Materials The Ohio Strategic Summit"  for ELI Web Seminar > Textbook Affordability: Emerging Solutions in Ohio | April 4 2011 [] includes topics for the Digital Bookstore Summit [04-07-11].

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Future of e-Textbooks: A Symposium On The Influence Of e-Textbooks On Academic Life

"The Future of E-textbooks" will consider various questions about teaching, learning, and technology, as well as the economics and future business models of the e-textbook market. Organizers say the arrival of Smart Boards, personal computers, and wireless printers has begun to change the way that students interact with faculty and academic content. In addition, the recent arrival of e-readers, tablet PCs, and smart phones may bring with it the end of printed textbooks.


The symposium will also feature a panel discussion with U-M faculty instructors doing innovative work with electronic course materials, and another with a group of U-M students who are participating in an e-textbook pilot project in one of their courses.




March 18 2011 / Friday / 9:00AM - 4:00PM
University of Michigan - Central Campus
Palmer Commons
917 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

>>> Refreshments and lunch provided by Elsevier >>>


Bryan Skib, Associate University Librarian for Collections, University of Michigan Library & Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director for Science & Technology Books, Elsevier: Welcome & Opening Remarks

Maria Bonn, Associate University Librarian for Publishing, University of Michigan Library: Responding to the Changing Textbook Terrain at the University of Michigan

Stephen Acker, Associate Professor, Ohio State University | Research Director, eTextOhio Project: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons: Creating new business models for digital textbook delivery that serve publisher, librarian, bookstore, faculty and student requirements

Natsuko Nicholls, Research Area Specialist Associate, MPublishing, University of Michigan Library: Michigan Textbook Study and Pilot: A Research Perspective

Ken Brooks, Senior Vice President, Global Production and Manufacturing Services, Cengage Learning: The New Textbook: Moving Beyond Paper

Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Product Management for ScienceDirect, Elsevier: There's an App for That!  Empowering the Community for Better Outcomes

Panel Discussions

University of Michigan Faculty/Instructor Panel

Moderated by Scott Dennis, Humanities Librarian and Coordinator, Core Electronic Resources at the University Library

Join us for a discussion with three instructors at UM doing innovative work with electronic course materials.  

Learn how they developed their own course textbooks, incorporate electronic texts into the curriculum and their vision for e-textbooks.

Tim McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics
Brenda Gunderson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Statistics
Chris Gerben, Graduate Student Instructor / Graduate Teaching Consultant, Department of English Language and Literature

University of Michigan Student Panel

Moderated by Jennifer Green, Manager of SAND, Government Information & Maps at the University Library

Current UM students will talk about their use of e-textbooks for courses, including their likes and dislikes, as well as their perspective on what would make e-textbooks viable in the future.



FREE Registration