IT News & Events

News about IT at Indiana University and the world

Menu

IU recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its pioneering eTexts initiative

IDG's Computerworld Honors Program recently named Indiana University as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary information technology applications that promote positive social, economic and educational change.

IDG's Computerworld Honors Program recently named Indiana University as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary information technology applications that promote positive social, economic and educational change.

IU earned the distinction for its pioneering eTexts initiative and recent wireless network upgrade to ensure reliable and secure access to digital materials. IU's eTexts program lets students work with leading textbooks or faculty-edited course packs on just about any computer, tablet or smartphone. The eTexts deals also include online simulations, tutorials and labs that provide additional ways for students to learn.

"The primary goal of IU's eTexts initiative is to reduce the cost of course materials for students on all eight campuses," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and CIO. "In 2009, IU began trials of new business models in anticipation of digital textbooks and mobile devices. We had long saved students money through bundled licensing of Microsoft and Adobe software, and digital course materials were an obvious next opportunity."