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ERIC Number: EJ846044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Next-Generation Textbooks: Book Smarts
Villano, Matt
Campus Technology, v19 n9 p36-38, 40-41 May 2006
In the age of electronic media, some say producing textbooks is a dying art. And it may be true that every day, devices with names such as iPod and eBook threaten to replace the age-old "technology" of the traditional book with a newer, faster, and equally (if not more) portable approach. In many cases, at colleges and universities across the nation, students and teachers alike are embracing these new technologies. At the University of Virginia, for instance, technologists have created an entire library of e-texts designed to eliminate the process of taking out books. Elsewhere, at schools such as Central Florida Community College, Valencia Community College (FL), West Chester University (PA), and Indiana University, technology leaders have embraced a variety of vendor tools that combine traditional textbooks with eLearning, for an entirely new experience. These tools differ in scope and approach from more traditional learning materials, but it appears that across the board, they work. Nobody knows what lies ahead for old-fashioned books, but as it becomes easier to grant reproduction permission online, and as textbook prices continue to rise, one can only wonder: Will the book go the way of the Dodo bird and someday be studied on an eBook, as scholarship of the past? Will book-based learning survive the onslaught from the learning technology sector? Will colleges and universities move in a different direction entirely, linking learning forever to cutting-edge technological development? Only time will tell.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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