eText: Digital Textbook Development Pilot
According to the College Board, students spend an average of $1,200 per year on text materials for their classes. Digital technologies offer an opportunity for reducing costs and improving the student experience. As part of a broader Textbook Affordability initiative involving the Registrar's Office, ITaP, Purdue Libraries and Press, the Treasurer's Office, and the Provost's Office, a pilot program to explore alternatives to high-price commercial textbooks is being led by ITaP.
ITaP is looking for faculty volunteers to participate in a University digital textbook development pilot, providing an affordable and innovative alternative for a currently-taught course. The pilot team, which currently consists of representatives from ITaP, the Office of the Provost and Purdue University Libraries and Press, will meet bi-weekly for at least four months to identify an approach and determine the criteria for the finished product.
At the same time as the team is meeting, we will also be seeking faculty who are committed to publishing a digital textbook, either new or existing, to be ready for use beginning in Fall 2014. Up to 10 Faculty members will be offered an honorarium $5,000 to build an eText that will replace their current textbook. Additionally, assistance will be provided for writing, developmental editing, design and distribution. Although the primary version of the text will be digital, allowing some interactivity to be developed, a printed component is also anticipated.
Faculty interested in developing an eText may contact ITaP teaching and learning initiatives manager Pat Reid with any questions by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in publishing a digital textbook, please complete the following questionnaire. Proposals will be reviewed as they are received until the incentive fund is committed, so please return your questionnaire as soon as possible. However, other opportunities for assistance may be available even after the current funds are committed, so there is no set deadline.Questionnaire (WORD file)