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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Internet2, McGraw-Hill, Courseload, and Five Universities Implement eText Pilot in Spring 2012
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:01:45 -0500 (EST)

Internet2, McGraw-Hill, Courseload, and Five Universities Implement eText
Pilot in Spring 2012
UC-Berkeley; Cornell; Minnesota; Virginia; and Wisconsin Participating in

Ann Arbor, MI—Jan. 18, 2012—As textbooks continue shifting to digital,
Internet2, McGraw-Hill and Courseload today announced implementation of an
eText Pilot Trial Pack to students and faculty at five universities for the
Spring 2012 semester. The five institutions, also Internet2 members, include:
University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; University of
Minnesota; University of Virginia; and the University of Wisconsin.

The pilot, which is based on Indiana University's eText model
(, provides a timely and simple way for universities to
quickly assess a new model for digital course materials. While an increasing
number of eTexts are already available at retail prices, eTexts can cost less
when institutions negotiate attractive volume price deals to dramatically
reduce costs to students while efficiently paying authors and publishers
fairly for each use of their digital work.

Participating universities in the pilot get McGraw-Hill eTexts, the
Courseload reader and annotation platform integrated with their Learning
Management System, and can be part of a joint research study of eText use and
perceptions. Through the Courseload software, students can print, use social
annotation with classmates and instructors, and access their eTexts on any
HTML5-capable tablet, smartphone, or computer. Students will receive their
eTexts at no cost as the institutions are subsidizing the study, and students
who prefer a full hardcopy book may optionally order a print-on-demand
version of the eText for a $28 fee. Faculty interest at the pilot
institutions has been very strong.

"McGraw-Hill is pleased to be a partner in this pioneering effort to open
digital access to course materials in a substantive way across all higher
education institutions," said Tom Malek, McGraw-Hill higher education vice
president, learning solutions and services. "We believe 2012 will be the year
digital access of eTexts becomes mainstream."

"We have seven instructors with 8 sections and more than 400 students
enrolled in the program at UVA," said James L. Hilton, vice president and
chief information officer, University of Virginia. "Enthusiasm is quite high.
Our effort grew by word of mouth and we had 11 volunteers within a day of
announcing at an advisory committee meeting, which is really remarkable."

"Cornell is exploring how new digital publishing models will be advantageous
to our students, and potentially lower textbook costs," said Ted Dodds, chief
information officer and vice president, Cornell University. "This pilot is
timely, building on faculty experiences, and will explore how new publishing
models and technologies can be leveraged for student learning."

"Our academic community has been very positive about our eText pilot," said
Bruce Maas, vice provost for information technology and chief information
officer, University of Wisconsin - Madison. "Combining services on a national
scale thru Internet2's NET+ Services enables the higher education community
to influence publishers and the eText offering. This influence helps us to
better represent the interests of our students and faculty, and better
address important areas such as accessibility. The result of this national
partnership benefits all of us."

"We have benefited significantly from the strong sense of collaboration from
all of our participating units, said Billie Wahlstrom, vice provost,
University of Minnesota. "The university-owned bookstore has been a very
progressive partner helping us in the recruitment of faculty and management
of logistics with the publisher. We have also benefited from a great
implementation team which included representatives from Undergraduate
Education, Student Affairs, IT, Faculty Senate, Office of the General
Counsel, Faculty Affairs, Disability Services, and Libraries. We are very
interested in collaborating with the other participating universities in the
evaluation of this project."

"Courseload is delighted to be a pilot partner working with these innovative
universities as they proactively shape effective models for digital course
materials," said Mickey Levitan, Co-Founder and CEO of Courseload.

"Efficient markets have informed buyers and sellers, and this
multi-university pilot is a big leap forward for institutions to better
understand how they can shape the market during the transition to digital,"
said Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and chief
information officer, Indiana University. "This pilot would not have been
possible without Internet2's NET+ Services, as it went from first thought to
real implementation on campuses in less than 60 days. It's a great example of
how universities can have greater influence when we learn fast and engage

Internet2 NET+ Services and program aggregate the IT needs of university
members and efficiently contract with leading commercial firms for services
tailored to that community. Recent NET+ opportunities for Internet2 members
include cloud storage services from Box.Com,, and cloud computing from Hewlett
Packard and SHI,

Media contacts:

Nik Osborne, Indiana University, 812-855-5487 or

Todd Sedmak, Internet2, 202-331-5373 or

Tom Stanton, McGraw-Hill, 212-904-3214,

Erin Wray, Courseload, 317-602-1427 or

Todd Sedmak
Communications Manager

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