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Learn About the Pilot!

Sponsored by Internet2 and EDUCAUSE, USF has joined with several 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 campuses an opportunity to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms.

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.

Up to 400 students registered in the participating courses will get free access to their electronic textbooks until the end of the fall 2013 semester.

Courseload, a digital materials distribution and learning collaboration tool, will be embedded in the student’s course on Blackboard or Canvas and is accessible from any internet capable device. It will allow students to take full advantage of their electronic textbooks by allowing them to highlight passages, record comments, share notes with other students, read materials while offline, and use different devices such as computers and tablets. As an option, students can choose to purchase a loose-leaf print version of the textbook. The price will be announced soon.

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 (, 813 974-9854).