November 24, 2014

CourseSmart to Analyze Etextbook Reading Habits

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CourseSmart, the world’s largest provider of digital course materials, has announced a pilot test of CourseSmart Analytics, a program that will evaluate how students use specific textbooks, measuring page views, total time spent reading, as well as notes and highlights made. In aggregate, the data will allow professors, course designers, and academic administrators to assess the effectiveness of digital titles. Faculty will also have access to the etextbook reading habits of specific students enrolled in their courses.

Ebooks Examined from All Angles at Digital Shift Virtual Conference

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LJ’s third annual Ebook third annual ebook summit “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond” featured insightful presentations and lively discussions on topics ranging from ebook discovery, how ebooks have affected collection development strategies, the growth of etextbooks, and a post-mortem on the industry’s response to the Research Works Act early this year.

EDUCAUSE, Internet2 Expand Etextbook Pilot

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EDUCAUSE and Internet2 are implementing a series of etextbook pilots, the latest of which just launched for the fall 2012 term at more than two dozen U.S. universities. Along with the nonprofit that aims to advance higher ed through information technology and the massive not-for-profit advanced networking consortium, the pilot is conducted in partnership with McGraw Hill Education and digital textbook distributor Courseload.

Kno Launches K–12 E-Textbooks, Geared Toward Parents, Home Use

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Education software outfit Kno has partnering with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to offer interactive textbooks for K–12 students. The digital titles, which align with Common Core subjects, are available for $9.99 or less for a one-year rental.

Kno Giving Away $10 Million in Free eTextbooks

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Education software company Kno has launched a free e-textbook promotion. Any student or professor with a .edu email address can sign up for the first come, first served giveaway.