Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Korea moves toward more e-books in education

Korea is quickly moving forward to a future where e-books in education are the norm. They distinguish between e-textbooks (essentially the .pdf version of the printed text) and digital textbooks (as the more interactive, multimedia version of a textbook). A recent news story in JoongAng Daily discusses the plans of Korea's Education Ministry for digital textbooks in elementary through high school over the next two years. The country will be moving to a more flexible model for textbook pricing, and at the same time encourage greater adoption of digital course materials. The plan calls for printed textbooks at school and digital versions for home, beginning with select subjects such as literature, language, and mathematics.

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