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The CITE, a blog published by the National Association of College Stores, takes a look at the intersection of education and technology, highlighting issues that range from course materials to learning delivery to the student experience. Comments, discussion, feedback, and ideas are welcome.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Up for Discussion: Future of Course Materials

Not so long ago, the textbook supply chain looked something like this: An author, often a professor, would write a textbook. A publisher would edit and print it. Faculty would select the book for class. The campus bookstore would order it. Students would come to the store to buy a copy. If the store could snag used copies, students would buy those first.

The digital era upended all that. And as new technologies emerge, there will be even more disruptions to the supply chain. No one knows how it will all turn out.

In an effort to encourage a broad and open exchange of views, ideas, and information about course materials delivery and digital content, NACS has launched an online discussion for all interested stakeholders. That includes campus bookstores, faculty, administrators, publishers, intellectual property experts, and any others who want to contribute to the conversation or monitor developments. You don’t need to be a NACS member to participate.

This new Collaborative Industry Discussion—dubbed Course Materials, Digital Content, and Supplying the Campus Community—is expected to focus more on higher education but may also explore trends in course materials for K-12 and lifelong learning.

The discussion will be housed within NACS’ new online community, The Hub. If you’re not a NACS member, you must register for login credentials first. Once you have set up a password, join the discussion community by logging into The Hub and clicking “Join Communities” in the Discuss and Share menu.

Discussion participants can receive and post messages to the group, browse archived messages, and share documents in the library.

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