With the proliferation of mobile devices and Internet access, course materials that are digital in nature are increasing in popularity. Digital course materials are defined as any materials that can be accessed on a digital device such as a laptop or tablet. Some are online (such as a website), while others can be downloaded to a device and accessed offline. One of the greatest benefits of offering digital content is that students can store many materials on a single device, which heightens access to course content.
This resource describes the most common types of digital course materials and provides direction about further exploration of these materials at UCF.
Any print or digital materials (print or eTextbooks, access codes, clickers, DVDs, course packs, etc.) that are required or recommended for a course must be communicated with the UCF Bookstore per the national Textbook Affordability Act. Per this act, the UCF Bookstore must post this information 45 days before the start of class.
When submitting a list of materials to the UCF Bookstore, please specify whether the material is “required” (for instance, a textbook that is essential to student success) or “recommended” (a resource that assists or enhances learning but is not absolutely essential, such as a solutions manual in a math course). If there are no required or recommended materials for the course, please specify “no text required.” Communicating this with the UCF Bookstore ensures that this information is posted for students when they visit the bookstore or shop online (ShopUCF.com) in search of materials.
Please check with your department to see how orders are typically collected and sent to the UCF Bookstore. The most preferred method of submitting your list of required and/or recommended materials to the UCF Bookstore is through Faculty Enlight. Faculty Enlight is the Barnes and Noble web portal that allows instructors to explore the print and digital options, pricing, and see what other colleges are adopting. If you do not see the book listed in a digital version, contact your publisher rep and inquire about alternative options. You are also welcome to visit the UCF Bookstore to discuss options and receive assistance in setting up a Faculty Enlight account. When orders are submitted through Faculty Enlight, instructors receive a confirmation of the order. Note that other ordering methods such as email or visiting the UCF Bookstore are also accepted. To submit your order by email, please contact email@example.com.
An eTextbook is simply the digital version of a traditional print textbook. There is a wide variation in eTextbooks, however. Some may be simply an electronic version of the print book, while others may offer basic features such as highlighting and making annotations. Other eTextbooks are developed to take advantage of the digital features, offering more interactive and social features. In addition, some are only available on a computer, while others can be accessed via tablet or smartphone as well.
There are potential learning benefits associated with eTextbooks, depending on the particular features it offers. For example, searching for keywords helps students quickly locate a relevant part of the book, while interactive quizzes guide students to check for understanding as they read. In a recent UCF survey, 75% of students indicated that having reading (search for keywords, glossary) and studying (highlighting, taking notes) features would influence them to adopt an eTextbook.
eTextbooks differ from print textbooks in these ways:
Yuzu is the eTextbook application by Barnes and Noble. When a student purchases or rents an eTextbook directly from the UCF Bookstore, they will receive an access code and download the eTextbook to their Yuzu web app account. The eTextbook can then be accessed on a computer and/or iPad (up to two devices) through the Yuzu website.
XanEdu and AcademicPub have merged to offer the creation of custom print and digital course packs.
Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books, and their eBooks can be assigned as textbooks. The UCF Library has perpetual rights and online access to Springer books published in English between 2005 and 2014, comprising of over 16,000 volumes. In addition, UCF users have access from 1997 to 2014 to all of Springer’s major book series, including the well-known Lecture Notes Series.
Springer eBooks are available to all UCF students, faculty and staff anywhere, anytime. There is no limit on the number of people who can open Springer eBooks at one time, and any fair use of the content for educational purposes is allowed, including embedding the content in Webcourses@UCF. Because Springer eBooks are in PDF format, students can print, e-mail, and download entire chapters and books to read off-line on a smartphone, tablet, eBook reader (such as Kindle), laptop, or any computer.
Students that prefer print may order a rapid-print copy of any of the Springer titles which will be bound and shipped to their address for $25.
If you are interested in offering supplemental or optional digital materials, there are additional options for selecting digital course materials, such as alternative eTextbook providers and open resources.
There are several online providers that offer eTextbooks at a typically reduced price.
Open resources are resources that can be freely accessed online.
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