eText Reseach Project at UAA
In Fall 2012, UAA was included into a national pilot study of eTextbooks. The overall goal was to evaluate the effectiveness of eTexts in higher education and to test new models of textbook delivery and mass deployment. UAA was among 25 colleges and universities providing eTexts to their students as part of the pilot.
The pilot is in partnership with University of Alaska, Educause, Internet2, and McGraw Hill. Learn More at Internet2+eText Website.
UAA/KPC students received an estimated value of $43,170 worth of free course texts during the Fall 2012 eText pilot.
UA's Office of Information Technology (OIT) sponsored the initial pilot expenses, while UAA's Faculty Technology Center and UAA/APU Consortium Library provided the manpower. UAA and KPC Bookstores were collaborators in planning.
Sixteen sections of courses were selected at UAA and KPC Campuses, including 320 students total. Data was collected from students and instructors, and other considerations were researched including pricing, effectiveness, engagement and national trends.
pilot used Courseload eReader software, which integrated into UAA's
Blackboard system and was available on some mobile devices. The eTexts were
interactive and couls be annotated by the instructors and the students.
The eTexts (McGraw Hill texts) were FREE to students.
UAA's findings were included in a national cross-institutional study and a final report was put out by Educause and Internet2 in June 2013.
Preliminary Findings Infographic
UAA Faculty Technology Center
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Suite 215