Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bye-Bye [Print] Textbooks [Infographic]

Free > Webinar > Basic OER Training and Discussions > July 13

Time: July 13, 2012 from 7am to 1pm (PT)
[8am MDT, 9am CDT, 10am EDT]
Event Type: Webinars and discussions
Organized By: College Open Textbooks and SoftChalk

Attend any part or all of this informative six-hour overview of Open Educational Resources (OER) via viewing of four prerecorded Webinars alternating with live discussion. You can also watch any of the webinars prior to July 13; only the Discussions are in real-time. Webinar links will be available here by July 10.

The Discussions are facilitated by OER thought and action leaders including Jacky Hood of College Open Textbooks, Cathy Swift of MERLOT, Marie Highby of Open Doors Group Consulting, and Cable Green of Creative Commons. Click on the links to watch the videos and join the Discussions.

7:00am  > Defining OER: The WHAT and the WHY

8:00am  > Discussion of WHAT and WHY / Facilitator: Jacky Hood

8:30am  > Finding and Using OER: The WHERE and the WHEN

9:30am  > Discussion of WHERE and WHEN / Facilitator: Cathy Swift

10:00am > Creating OER: The WHO and the HOW

11:00am > Discussion of WHO and HOW / Facilitator: Marie Highby

11:30am > Funding OER: Sustainability

12:30pm > Discussion of Sustainability / Facilitator: Cable Green

 1:00pm > Adjourn

Links To Pre-Recorded Webinar Segments Available At 


Links To Associated Discussion Spaces Available At 


NOTE: Additional information about the July 13 Basic OER Training and Discussion.

When viewing the presentations, remember that the videos are playbacks of recordings made last year. Do not try to use any interactive elements of the presentations. You may view the videos any time you like; you are not limited to the time for each that is shown in the schedule.

To participate in a discussion, you must connect to the discussion during its scheduled time. You will be able to use your speakers or earphones and the text chat to make comments or ask questions.



Monday, July 9, 2012

From Print to Digital: Emerging Models for Institutional E-textbook Adoption


In the last year a number of colleges and universities have begun or expanded pilot projects to test the use of digital textbooks. These programs are intended to work out instructional and technical challenges and to help institutions better understand theimpact of e-books on textbook usage and affordability. What’s often being left as an afterthought in these initiatives, however, is consideration of the business model for digital textbooks. How should e-book programs be structured to create “win-win-win” propositions for students, faculty, and publishers?


Table of Contents

  • Digital Opportunities
    • Affordability
    • Access
    • Learning Modes
  • Innovative Business Models for Digital Textbooks
    • Course Fee Model
    • Bookstore Model
    • Flat Rate Model
  • The Course Fee Model at Indiana U
  • The Bookstore Model at U Minnesota
  • The Flat-rate Model at Jones County Junior College
  • Beyond the E-book


The time is right for every institution of higher education to jump into the e-text movement and begin to explore its opportunities. When done right, as demonstrated by the institutions featured in this report, an e-book program can deliver a number of benefits. As Stephen Watt, an associate dean and faculty member at IU, notes, students often find themselves having to cobble together “precarious options” to avoid havingto buy high-priced textbooks. When that happens, “The results often include failure,withdrawal from courses, and inadequate progress toward completion of a degree.” By taking on the problem of reducing the high cost of textbooks, he writes, “The e-text movement, and that’s what it is, can generate benefits for students, faculty, and publishers alike.”

Also Includes Relevant Links and Sidebar on Eight Keys to a Successful E-book Deployment

Source and Fulltext Available At