Participation in Internet2 eTextbook Pilot on Hold


October 22, 2012

The University of Michigan eTextbook Initiative has been exploring
ways to moderate the upward trend in textbook costs, to increase
availably of content in support of learning, and to advance
pedagogy-driven teaching innovations.  This Initiative, a
collaborative group with members from the University Library,
Information and Technology Services, Academic Affairs, and a number of
academic units, has been pursuing options to meet these goals.  The
group has conducted an eTextbook pilot, coordinated multiple surveys,
engaged faculty and students in conversations around these issues,
issued a Request for Proposal to evaluate eTextbook platforms and
explored collaborating with other institutions.

The EDUCASE/Internet 2 Consortium has been leading collaborative
initiatives designed to address challenges in the textbook
environment, specifically sponsoring a series of eTextbook pilot
projects.  This past spring, the University of Michigan announced
plans to participate in a 2013 pilot.  Since that time, accessibility
concerns have been raised about both the platforms being used in the
pilot and with eTextbooks in general. The University of Michigan’s
participation in this pilot is on hold while we further explore
opportunities and accessibility solutions in the emergent eTextbook

We would like to thank all the faculty, staff, and students who
participated in the various eTextbook activities over the past two
years.  Their assistance has been invaluable in informing current and
future directions.

Page maintained by Susan Hollar
Last modified: 10/22/2012