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.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Five publishers to pilot digital textbooks at California State Universities

Earlier this week, it was announced that Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Bedford/Freeman/Worth, John Wiley & Sons, and Pearson will all participate in a pilot with The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor.

The pilot begins this semester and includes five California State Universities: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino, and San Francisco State. Between the schools, 32 courses will be participating and about 4,000 students. Students enrolled in the participating classes will be able to purchase subscriptions for the digital content through their campus bookstores. With the subscription, students will be able to access the digital content for the length of the term and read the texts on computers/laptops, iPad, iPhones, and other devices.

According to an article on the California State University website, the pilot program will likely expand to include more courses and campuses for the spring 2011 semester. In addition, data will be collected throughout the pilots to learn more about student and faculty preferences for digital material.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Digitalization of information can't effectively replace textbooks unless the software becomes more user friendly. Textbooks are not read as a book of literature. Chapters are skipped, topics looked up in the index and read jumping from one citation to another. Current ereaders (software and hardware) don't allow selective searching of a chapter or the index which would quicken a search and increase its relevance. Even those readers that allow searching, often the search produces no results if only part of the citation is listed, thus entering mucopoly for mucopolysaccharidosis turns up nothing. Under current cicumstances the user is left to do a search of the entire book then sort through the jumble of results or page through 10-30 pages of the table of contents to get to the Index entry, click it, then page through 20-50 pages more of the index to find the desired text entry or spend an evening book marking the beginning of each letter of the alphabet in the index so as to only page through 10-30 pages of given specific letter.