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E-Book Workshop: June 20-21, 2012

An overview of our findings in regards to the possibilities, capabilities, and the logistics of e-textbooks.

Shaun Gehres

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of E-Book Workshop: June 20-21, 2012

E-Textbooks Workshop
June 20-21, 2012 The Team All information for this presentation was provided via the research of the workshop team. Objective of the Workshop:
To get a grasp on what converting to e-textbooks would entail. This presentation is designed to highlight the information the team gathered during the workshop. Purchasing E-Textbooks vs. Creating Our Own Most of our current publishers have E-textbooks, but vary when it comes to format and operating systems.
Some even offer LMS systems, but only for their specific titles.
Creating our own would involve grade collaboration, copyright clearance, and gathering of all information.
The only decent format at this time is iAuthor and this only works on iPads.
Some publishers will allow you to add your own information to their e-textbook. Publishers we looked at and spoke to:
•Bedford/St. Martin's Custom eBooks
•Cengage Learning Custom Collections
•PearsonChoices: Custom Textbooks and Media
•McGraw Hill Create
•Houghton Mifflin Harcourt What We Found Out
Many publishers lease their e-textbook.
Many e-textbooks are based within a web browser.
Many different formats, dependent on operating system.
Bedford/St. Martin's has created YourHistoryClass.com which serves as its own LMS.
Companies like CourseSmart, Classbook, and Inkling are leading the way to consolidate publishing companies to make one stop shops for schools. Big Questions:
What are we looking for as a department in an e-text?
How does this carry over to other subjects at AA?
One-on-one: what system?
Would LMS's like Canvas be able to accommodate e-textbooks for the entire school?
What other things do we still need to consider?
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