Educational Technology in Higher Education
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A scoop it magazine focusing on educational technology in higher education.
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Coursera partners with Chegg and publishers to offer students free textbooks during its courses

Coursera partners with Chegg and publishers to offer students free textbooks during its courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online learning startup Coursera on Wednesday announced a partnership with Chegg, a student hub for various educational tools and materials, as well as five publishers to offer students ...
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T. Brendan Donahoe's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:50 PM

This is very cool...and raises a lot of questions both for learners, intsructors, authors, and publishers.

Abi James's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:55 AM

Interesting time with the development of MOOCs and now free learning materials. Will this help accessibility or will the fact that the learning materials are provided free make it harder to ensure all students can access them?

Chris Carter's curator insight, May 10, 2013 2:34 AM

Sounds too good to be true ...

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Textbooks of the future: Will you be buying a product ... or a service?

Textbooks of the future: Will you be buying a product ... or a service? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The World Bank is currently working with a few countries that are planning for the procurement of lots of digital learning materials. In some cases, these are billed as 'e-textbooks', replacing in part existing paper-based materials; in other cases, these are meant to complement existing curricular materials. In pretty much all cases, this is happening as a result of past, on-going or upcoming large scale procurements of lots of ICT equipment.

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California passes bills to create open-source digital library for college textbooks

California passes bills to create open-source digital library for college textbooks | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The California State Senate today passed two bills, SB 1052 and SB 1053, designed to provide students at public postsecondary institutions with access to free digital textbooks for popular lower-di...
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Open education, open source, and the dilemma over e-textbooks

Open education, open source, and the dilemma over e-textbooks | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Forty years ago, John Holt wondered whether an educational revolution as profound as open education could survive unless it became part of a wider and deeper movement of social change. Until open source and the concept of an open education began to take hold, John Holt’s vision of an open education seemed to be a pipe dream.

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Some universities require students to use e-textbooks

Some universities require students to use e-textbooks | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
While several colleges across the country are pushing electronic textbooks, some students are reluctant.
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Brainstorm in Progress: OERs: Why Commercial Electronic Textbooks Are No Bargain

Brainstorm in Progress: OERs: Why Commercial Electronic Textbooks Are No Bargain | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, there was a posting at the California State Library blog that said that, according to a Dayton College study, the savings for students using electronic textbooks was only a dollar: "Despite the promise that digital textbooks can lead to huge cost savings for students, a new study at Daytona State College has found that many who tried e-textbooks saved only one dollar, compared with their counterparts who purchased traditional printed material." This came as no surprise to me. Electronic textbooks in themselves, especially those sold by businesses, solve the problem of distribution and printing costs to the commercial publisher, but not the problem of cost to the students and schools (or as the commercial publishers refer to them "the customers"). The study show that there are some cost saving in many circumstances but the cost of education and textbooks is currently rising faster than inflation or health care manifold over.

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Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing

Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This coming Thursday, Apple will announce tools and platforms to expand digital publishing to the masses and help transform the textbook industry, according to our sources.
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Apple Aims to Take On the Textbook Market

Apple Aims to Take On the Textbook Market | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to launch a much anticipated foray into the textbook market at an event in New York next week. The company sent invitations to reporters for an event at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on Jan.
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Removing barriers to e-textbooks

Removing barriers to e-textbooks | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

extbooks are a major cost of students (and parents), often exceeding annual tuition fees. E-textbooks offer a potentially low cost alternative model, but there have been a number of major barriers to their use.
This article is a useful analysis of different models for providing textbooks, but also suggest some ways in which to remove barriers to online textbooks. The authors state:

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Can eTexts Work for Your University?

Can eTexts Work for Your University? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

It's strange that in a time when most content is consumed digitally, etextbooks still haven't caught on at major universities. Amazon sells even more digital books than print editions, yet ebooks accounted for only 2.5% of the higher ed market in 2011. Moreover, students themselves — most of whom are constantly plugged in — don't seem to like them

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Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, for which students spend upwards of $1,000 per year. The measure establishes the first free digital library for the University of California, the California State University and California Community College systems.

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Students Find E-Textbooks 'Clumsy' and Don't Use Their Interactive Features

Students Find E-Textbooks 'Clumsy' and Don't Use Their Interactive Features | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Several universities have recently tried a new model for delivering textbooks in hopes of saving students money: requiring purchase of e-textbooks and charging students a materials fee to cover the costs.

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Free Textbooks Shaking Up Higher Education

Free Textbooks Shaking Up Higher Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open-source textbooks, free for students to use and for professors to modify, are being developed by more companies and adopted in more classrooms...
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Apple Will Own Your Work With iBooks Author

Apple Will Own Your Work With iBooks Author | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Apple's recent iBooks Author special event revealed the changes the company plans to make in the world of publishing. While iBooks 2 is innocent enough, Author is more than it appears on the surface.
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The textbook of tomorrow

The textbook of tomorrow | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This very interesting graphic has been created by onlineeducation.net (and thanks Peter Kim for permission to re-use it here)

 

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Apple's Textbook Venture: What's the Big Idea?

Apple's Textbook Venture: What's the Big Idea? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The latest scuttlebutt on Apple's big education announcement next week: that the company is venturing into textbooks.
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BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School

BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Books are not the best way to learn. To retain knowledge you have to interact with it, and that's where BenchPrep comes in.
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E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1

E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1 | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Despite the promise that digital textbooks can lead to huge cost savings for students, a new study at Daytona State College has found that many who tried e-textbooks saved only one dollar, compared with their counterparts who purchased traditional printed material.

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