Faculty Guides

Learn About the Pilot!

Sponsored by Internet2 and EDUCAUSE, USF has joined with other universities to test a new etextbook model for the fall 2013 semester. The pilot is the latest in a series of efforts to provide colleges and universities with an opportunity to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from print to online textbooks, or etextbooks.

Similar to the fall 2012 and spring 2013 etextbook pilots at USF, the upcoming pilot delivers etextbooks to students and faculty through an institutional license for content and delivery rather than through individual purchases by students.

Students registered in the participating courses will get access to their electronic textbooks until the end of the Fall 2013 semester at no cost to them.

Etextbooks will be available through Courseload, a content neutral etextbook platform. Courseload will be embedded in Canvas or Blackboard based on faculty preference and will be accessible from any internet capable device. It will allow students to take full advantage of their etextbooks by allowing them to highlight passages, make comments, share notes with other students, and use different devices such as tablets and smartphones. In addition, students can read their etextbooks offline on a PC or laptop with a full-version of Chrome installed. As an option, students can choose to purchase a  loose-leaf print version of the etextbook or print it out themselves at no cost.

If you would like to read more about the pilot, you can click here.


For any questions or further information, please contact, Monica Metz-Wiseman (monica@usf.edu, 813-974-9854).