Our eLearning and Teaching Innovation (eLTI) team has been working with programs across the college to implement an eTextbook program. Known as an “institutional buy” the cost of the textbook is included in the course material fees. From a student’s perspective, it’s great because the cost of the text is significantly less than its hardcopy counterpart and they don’t have to wait for their OSAP to come in to pay for a book. From a faculty perspective, all students have access to their materials on the first day of class.
- Improved accessibility with options such as text to speech and flexible font sizes.
- Anytime, anywhere access, aligned with Universal Design for Learning principles.
- The ability to load and sync a book on up to 4 personal devices. These devices can be changed should the user get a new one.
- Forever access, just like a hardcopy book, through users’ personal devices.
- The ability to “listen” to the text even where no internet exists.
- The ability to print the eText for users who also want a hardcopy.
Launched in 2015 with one text in one program, this year there are 39 programs using 20 different texts along with their associated enhanced integrated homework websites.