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Faculty volunteers needed for CourseNetworking, eText pilots

ITaP is looking for faculty volunteers to participate in two pilot programs testing: 1) a next-generation learning management system, CourseNetworking, and 2) a University digital textbook development initiative.


CourseNetworking, which is also known as “CN,” offers instructors a potential alternative or complement to Blackboard Learn, providing a pared-down lineup of course management features focused on social learning.

Faculty interested in piloting CN for the spring semester may contact ITaP educational technologist Debra Runshe by sending an email to drunshe@purdue.edu.

Purdue University eText Initiative

The Purdue University eText Pilot Program is seeking faculty members willing to analyze tools and approaches to digital publishing with the goal of creating low-cost, high-quality alternative resources for students.

The pilot team, which currently consists of representatives from ITaP, the Office of the Provost and Purdue University Press, will meet bi-weekly for at least four months to identify an approach and determine the criteria for the finished product.

Once the program’s framework is established, the team will be seeking faculty committed to publishing a digital textbook. Faculty will be compensated $5,000 to build an eText that will replace their current textbook. Assistance will be provided for writing, developmental editing, design and distribution.

Faculty interested in joining the pilot team or publishing a digital textbook may contact ITaP teaching and learning initiatives manager Pat Reid by sending an email to patreid@purdue.edu.

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Sources: Judy Rantz, project manager, ITaP, 765-496-8221, jrantz@purdue.edu

Last updated: Oct. 29, 2013