IU eTexts allow students and faculty members to access digital course materials anytime, anywhere, with any device, and at a lower cost.Â
Through the IU eText program, participating faculty have enabled IU students to access their required eTexts before the first day of class—with a cumulative savings of more than $14.5 million off of retail prices since summer 2011. Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and CIO, discussed the university’s strategy to address these costs in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Fixing the high price of textbooks."*
But lower-priced course materials aren’t the only benefit to IU’s eText program.
- Use real-time analytics to develop new teaching methods
- Share notes with students
- Incorporate multimedia materials into courses
- Integrate links and annotations into study materials
- Collaborate with study groups
- View multimedia
- Highlight, tag, and annotate text
- Print pages and chapters directly from Unizin Engage
- Access to all eTexts while enrolled at IU
A recent case study on IU’s eTexts initiative showed that when instructors engage with eTexts, so do their students. To learn how to integrate eTexts into your course, contact your campus teaching and learning center or email the IU eTexts team.
Fixing the high price of textbooks
By Brad Wheeler
"The economics of college textbooks are structurally flawed and are failing students, authors, professors, and publishers. While it seems counterintuitive, the path to digital learning materials such as e-textbooks will likely increase rather than reduce students’ costs because current models of printed textbook sales are being applied to their evolving digital counterparts..."
* Wheeler, B. Fixing the High Price of Textbooks. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses: pp. 42-45 2012