E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital
Learning Tools | Feature E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital By John K. Waters08/03/11 When Daytona State College, a 53-year-old former community college in Florida, now a state college offering a four year degree, set out to implement an all-electronic book program two years ago, its goal was to drive down the cost of textbooks by 80 percent. "We got it going in the right direction," said Rand Spiwak, CEO of eText Consult and Daytona State's recently retired CFO, who led the school's e-text project. Spiwak partnered with John Ittelson, professor emeritus at California State University, Monterey Bay, and director of communication, collaboration, and outreach for the California Virtual Campus, to share their experiences implementing e-textbook programs with attendees at the annual Campus Technology 2011 conference in Boston last week. "We found at the end that our initial idea was very different from where we needed to be to make this thing work," Spiwak said.