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e-Texts Townhall Meetings: A dialogue with the IU community

Please join us for a short presentation on Indiana University's plan for eTexts, followed by an extended Q&A session with the IU community.

The current cost of textbooks is a concern for almost anyone involved with higher education. Fortunately, the rapid change in digital reader devices (e.g., iPad, Droids, Kindles, PC/Macs, laptops, etc.), digital textbooks, and print-on-demand has enabled new channels of content delivery and consumption.

IU has been testing and piloting some of these models that can lower the cost of digital content for students, while taking advantage of new tools for teaching and learning. As IU continues this initiative, there are undoubtedly a lot of questions within the IU community regarding how these models will work, their effect, and the future moving forward.

Please join us for a short presentation on Indiana University's plan for eTexts, followed by an extended Q&A session with the IU community:

IUPUI:

• Monday, Feb. 28, 3-4:30pm,

University Library Auditorium (live)

• Tuesday, March 1, 3-4:30pm,

University Library, UL 1126 (remote)

IU Bloomington:

• Monday, Feb. 28, 3-4:30pm,

Kelley Graduate Bldg, GC 2061 (remote)

• Tuesday, March 1, 3-4:30pm,

Kelley Undergraduate Bldg, BU219 (live)

Online: http://breeze.iu.edu/etext/

As we explore the potential of eTexts to revolutonize textbooks, we're eager to hear from you -- we'd especially like input on how to:

  1. Substantially drive down the cost of digital educational resources for students
  2. Enable access to high quality materials -- in both digital and hard copy formats -- that are valued by faculty and students
  3. Enable new tools for teaching and learning (e.g., social annotation, ease of access)
  4. Shape the terms of eTexts models to favor the interests of IU students and authors

For more on eTexts at IU (including resources and FAQs), see:

http://etexts.iu.edu