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E-Content

overview
Service Type:
Digital Content for Research & Education
Phase:
Evaluation
Eligible Subscribers:
Internet2 Member
Sponsors:
Cornell University, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Email:
netplus@internet2.edu
Contact:
Shel Waggener

Internet2 and EDUCAUSE are implementing a series of pilots to evaluate technologies and business models in the fast evolving migration from traditional textbooks to electronic content. The pilots seek to understand what is necessary for online materials to attain and surpass the effectiveness, accessibility, economy, and other relevant outcomes associated with traditional textbooks. The series explores business models, terms, and conditions that make access to digital educational materials more flexible, economical, efficient, and simple for institutions and publishers alike.

Fall 2013 Pilot

The latest opportunity for the higher education community to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms.

Webinars

See the prospectus for links to the February and March 2013 informational webinar archives, slides, and chat transcript.

Spring 2013 Pilot

The Spring 2013 pilot expands upon earlier efforts by offering three packages with different publishers, e-reader platforms, and licensing models. The prospectus below has the most current information and deadlines for pilot participation.

Fall 2012 Pilot

The Fall 2012 pilot was conducted in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education and Courseload, through which more than 25 colleges and universities provided etexts to their students.

Spring 2012 Pilot: Research Report Available

The first multi-institutional e-text pilot with University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia.

faq

Are we eligible to participate if we are an EDUCAUSE school but not a member of Internet2?

Yes, you are eligible to participate in the pilot program.

What does the “participation fee” provide? Does it provide the devices for the students?

It provides e-content from various publishers and eReader software for students. The participation fee does not provide for devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) that the faculty/students use to access the e-content.

Does the Campus Bookstore play a major role in this pilot as it is currently structured?

Currently the campus bookstore has no formal role in this pilot as it is offered by EDUCAUSE and Internet2.

Our campus bookstore is Follett, and they apparently have an exclusivity clause in their contract with us that prohibits us from using any e-reader other than theirs (Cafe Scribe). Can we participate?

It is possible that since this pilot is a limited, research-based pilot (a research study is included if desired) it falls outside the language and the spirit of the contract with Follett.

For every class participating with this program is it an “all or nothing” solution? In other words, where e-content is adopted as part of this pilot, will the entire class participate with this e-content option?

Whether or not every class involved in the pilot is an "all or nothing" solution is up to the individual institution.

Will the central IT areas need to work with the students accounts area or bursar to manage the billing process?

It is believed that the central IT areas will not need to work with the student account areas to manage the billing process. This pilot is based on the institution providing a flat fee that subsidizes the costs for the students. Individual students do not pay any fees under the pilot.

How will the flat fee be managed on a larger scale? With all the institutional budget pressures everyone is facing these days, absorbing a new course materials fee would be difficult if we choose to implement this program after the pilot.

The flat pilot participation fee is only an arrangement for the pilot being offered by I2 and EDUCAUSE. It is designed to provide a simple eContent pilot option for an institution to explore models to migrate from paper to electronic content and enable the faculty to use assessment and adaptive technologies that work hand-in-hand with digital course materials. The pilot participation fee is not meant to be a model that would be expanded on a larger scale.

Will you or have you gathered data as to how students choose to interact with their course materials and in what subject areas and whether there is any impact on their course performance?

Yes, that data should be available at the end of the semester for the institutions to share if they wish.

Is Internet2 or EDUCAUSE (or any other party) receiving any payments, equity positions, or future payments from or equity in any of the publishers or e-reader providers associated with the pilot?

Institutions pay a flat fee to Internet2 for each package in which they choose to participate. The fees are standardized at two or more levels, but what is included in each package varies. The flat fee always covers the e-reader platform, publisher-provided content, external integration to the LMS, and support. Internet2 retains a small part of each package’s fee to cover legal fees and certain external costs associated with the pilot’s research component. The internal staff effort associated with the pilot is being contributed by EDUCAUSE and Internet2. All other funds collected from institutions simply flow through Internet2 to the participating publishers and platform providers.

How were the publishers and platform providers selected?

Internet2 and EDUCAUSE had conversations with numerous publishers and platform providers. While there is significant interest in working with our community, many of the publishers and platform providers were uncertain how to accommodate such a program without impacting their existing business models. We have been clear that the program is not intended to set a permanent price point or to require a change in other business engagements, but rather focuses on exploring new delivery mechanisms.
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["To get more information about the E-Content pilots, email eText-pilot@internet2.edu"]

Fall 2013 Pilot

The latest opportunity for the higher education community to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms.

Webinars

See the prospectus for links to the February and March 2013 informational webinar archives, slides, and chat transcript.

Spring 2013 Pilot

The Spring 2013 pilot expands upon earlier efforts by offering three packages with different publishers, e-reader platforms, and licensing models. The prospectus below has the most current information and deadlines for pilot participation.

Fall 2012 Pilot

The Fall 2012 pilot was conducted in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education and Courseload, through which more than 25 colleges and universities provided etexts to their students.

Spring 2012 Pilot: Research Report Available

The first multi-institutional e-text pilot with University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia.