The University of Michigan eTextbook Initiative (Fall 2011 - Today)
The University of Michigan eTextbook Initiative was launched in fall 2011 to moderate the upward trend in textbook costs we have seen over the past several years; and to develop a flexible system that combines traditional texts with new dynamic tools, enabling faculty to draw content from multiple sources to create a richer learning environment. The University Library, ITS, Academic Affairs, and schools and colleges are collaborating in the initiative, as well as faculty and students serving in an advisory role. The eTextbook landscape is complex, student expectations are evolving rapidly, and no single product/solution will meet all, or even most, needs.
As part of the Initiative's goal to better understand textbook costs and Michigan student's textbook purchasing behavior, the Oversight Team of the Initiative conducted a student survey in Winter 2012.
- The textbook cost analysis and the summary results of the survey (May 2012)
- ACRL presentation by Alexander, L., K. Folger, and N. Nicholls (April 2013)
Engineering Student Survey: Phase I (Fall 2011)
The Library provides over forty e-textbooks from nine vendors that are assigned in thirty six Engineering courses. To learn more about student experiences with these e-textbooks, the Library has conducted an end-of-term survey to students’ awareness of e-book availability and usability. This is a collaborative effort of the Engineering Librarians, MPublishing, and the Learning & Teaching group.
- MLA presentation by Samuel, S., P. Grochowski, N. Nicholls, L. Lalwani, and D. Carter (May 2012)
Engineering Student Survey: Phase II (Fall 2012)
To follow up the student survey research of Fall 2011, Engineering Librarians conducted a student survey to learn more about students’ awareness of e-book availability (30+ e-books) and usability experience across eleven different vendors.
- Published ASEE conference proceeding by Samuel, S., P. Grochowski, N. Nicholls, L. Lalwani, and D. Carter (June 2013)
E-Textbook Pilot Program and Research Collaboration (Fall 2011 and Winter 2012)
The University Library is working with the School of Dentistry to investigate the faculty perceptions and experiences with e-textbooks. Through gathering feedback from faculty and students, the project will examine both student and faculty perceptions and experiences with e-textbooks. Dental Hygiene students who choose to participate in this pilot will receive electronic access to a textbook from Elsevier for a specific course at a significantly reduced price. Students will download e-textbooks to a digital reader application called Pageburst provided by VitalSource and will have ongoing access to the e-text.
- Survey results are presented here.
Library Connect Event: The Future of E-Textbooks (Winter 2011)
The presentations given at the March 18, 2011 symposium The Future of E-Textbooks sponsored by Elsevier Publishing and the Library were recorded by CARMA and are now available for viewing. A reading list provided at the symposium is also available.
The Campus-wide E-Textbook Working Group (April 2010 - June 2011)
The group was formed in April 2010 by Maria Bonn, Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University Library, in consultation with Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries, and Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The group comprises representatives from the Information and Technology Services (ITS), LS&A Instructional Support Services, the Office of the Registrar, and the University Library. The group has served as a venue for coordinated discussion and recommendation in the area of textbook availability and affordability and for articulation of a coherent campus e-textbook strategy. It has been a place for evaluation of content, business terms and utility of textbook aggregator and publisher proposals. Also, the group has served as a mechanism for making recommendations for new, locally-created textbook services.
- Interim Report: The Textbook Initiative and Research at Michigan
- Full Report: E-Textbook Working Group Summary of Activities for April 2010 - June 2011 and Recommendations
MERLOT@Michigan is committed to acquainting the entire university community with the learning objects (LO's) available in MERLOT, encouraging the effective use of LO's in the curriculum, and urging faculty to make their LO's available and participate in the peer review process that makes MERLOT unique.
Open.Michigan’s goal is to open resources for teaching, learning and research for use and enhancement by a global community.