Last spring, after several semesters of pilot studies and trial periods, IU launched its E-Text Initiative, a program that provides digital versions of textbooks that are available to students online. Professors can choose to provide an e-textbook for their course as an option, and it seems more and more are choosing to do so.
There are some great advantages to the e-text program, like...
However, like most changes, some IU faculty and students are having a tough time adjusting to digital learning. Some say it's harder to focus, and also that there's not sufficient training on how to utilize all of the features that the e-texts program offers.
I did a piece for WTIU News where I got to talk to the leader of the E-Text Initiative here, Nik Osborne, and I hope it provides more context to the situation. I think once students get the hang of e-texts and professors learn how to use them better in the classroom, they will be a great resource and an AWESOME way to cut costs for students.
Check out the video if you're interested in learning more!