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Gattiker, Thomas F.; Lowe, Scott E. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Electronic textbooks, often lauded as a cheaper alternative to hard copies, may also seem like a perfect way for colleges to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. Many institutions encourage use of e-books, and one state, California, has required that all textbooks used in college classes be made available electronically by 2020. In a sign of…
Descriptors: Internet, Textbooks, Educational Technology, Electronic Publishing
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Scholarly groups have long served as hubs of academic life and the embodiments of their disciplines, but they face uncertain and divergent futures. Some disciplinary associations are struggling to remain relevant and financially viable as demographic and technological changes threaten their traditional sources of revenue. The core of their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Group Membership, Faculty Organizations
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In academe, the game of how to win friends and influence people is serious business. Administrators and grant makers want proof that a researcher's work has life beyond the library or the lab. But the current system of measuring scholarly influence does not reflect the way many researchers work in an environment driven more and more by the social…
Descriptors: Research, Scholarship, Internet, Citation Analysis
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The story of one University of Maine student's quest for a reasonably priced textbook reveals just how complicated course materials have become as the textbook industry makes its awkward transition from print to digital. The student is Luke Thomas, a senior majoring in business on the Orono campus, who last semester took a 250-person introductory…
Descriptors: Internet, Online Systems, Textbooks, Costs
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Higher education traffics in reputations. To thrive as an institution means keeping up with competitors while setting yourself apart. But as good as colleges have become at building brands, the game is shifting to social media, where there is perpetual motion and little control. Data from the Center for Marketing Research at the University of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Marketing
Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Few academic debates are as contentious as those surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls. These fragments of some 800 ancient documents include portions of all but one book of the Hebrew Bible. The first ones were discovered in 1947 by shepherds in caves on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, and are believed to be the oldest surviving Judaic…
Descriptors: Middle Eastern History, Web Sites, Jews, Electronic Publishing
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Senior scholars, the A-list of academic publishing, seem to submit fewer unsolicited manuscripts to traditional humanities journals than they used to. The journal has become, with very few exceptions, the place where junior and midlevel scholars are placing their work. Technology and changing habits have called into question the nature of the…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Internet, Humanities, Influence of Technology