- Read the Final Pilot Report
- Publications and Presentations
- About the UW-IT eText Pilot
- eTextbook Assessment
- Helpful links
- The eText Pilot Team
Publications and Presentations
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Exclusive Online Session (Presented in October 2013, not yet published)
Presentation: IGNITE! Event (Oct. 25th, 2013)
About the UW-IT eText Pilot
What Are eTextbooks?
eTextbooks have come to mean many things, from texts delivered on dedicated platforms, to HTML files, to iPad apps. In this pilot, UW-IT explored online textbooks and their effects on student satisfaction and learning outcomes. Delivering textbooks online allowed the textbooks to remain hardware agnostic – available on any computer or device with a modern browser, including tablets and phones.
UW-IT partnered with two vendors to deliver eTextbooks, CourseLoad and CourseSmart. Both provide a variety of tools, including full text search, digital highlighting, and annotation. Comparing two delivery systems allowed us to refine our assessment of eTextbooks, and to evaluate tools for faculty and student use, while understanding the support necessary to provide these tools. Additional information on these vendors is available on their Web sites:
The pilot focused on assessing student and faculty experiences around eTextbooks across a number of fields-- from Medicine to Asian Languages and Literatures—and course sizes--from 12 to 350 students. Students participated in surveys, and faculty were interviewed about their experience with eTextbooks. Assessment questions were created in participation with our Teaching and Learning Technology Oversight Committee and campus partners.
When Was the Pilot?
The eText book pilot ran Spring 2012 through Spring 2013.
Participation in the initial pilot is now closed.
We are continuing to talk with faculty, staff, and programs about future eTextbook developments. If you are interested, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other eTextbook Projects
- eTexts in the Classroom (Educause)
- "Mix and Match" e-Texts (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Western Governor's eText project (Campus Technology)
- YouTube videos embedded in eTexts (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- eTexts and (library) accessibility
The eText Pilot Team
UW Information Technology
- Jacob Morris — Sponsor
- Peter Wallis — Project Management
- Cara Giacomini — Research Manager
- Dan Comden
- Keesha Davis
- Wren Haaland
- Henry Lyle
- Nathan Dors
- Michael Brogan
- Virginia Balsley
- Fred McWhirter
- UW Bookstore
- UW Purchasing
- Office of the Registrar
- Teaching & Learning Technology Oversight Committee