E-Textbook Pilot Program

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Online Three Ottawa University Online courses piloted an e-textbook program in October. Every student enrolled in three courses – Business Communications, Introduction to Human Services and Theories of Personality – were given e-textbooks through Vital Source and Cengage Publishing. Students enrolled in the courses received training at the start of the term and were able to read their digital textbooks in three different ways: online via a website, downloaded onto their computer or laptop, and through an application on their mobile device. E-textooks have many advantages over traditional print books. They are replaceable in the event of a hard-drive crash, are searchable, and students can make and share highlights, note and bookmarks. “Ensuring that every student has the correct book on the first day of the course will be a big step forward in improving the teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students,” says Fred Romero, dean of instruction for Ottawa University - Online. Students rented the e-textbooks for 180 days and were allowed to purchase a loose-leaf copy of the text at a deep discount price. “E-textbooks and digital books in general are the next revolution in the printed word,” says Brian Messer, vice president of online studies. “We’re very excited to be on the cutting edge of this sweeping change in the way students consume learning materials.” Ottawa Online courses will continue to integrate e-textbooks into more courses each term, with the goal of using e-textbooks in every course within the next few years.