By Samantha Akridge
In 2012 Indiana University implemented a Digital Learning Program. Students pay about $35 for a textbook and they can access it on their computers, tablets, or phones. They can also make notes or comments, highlight, and share the text electronically. The students have access to these books the entire time they are at the University.
Professors are also able to comment on a text or highlight passages for more careful reading. This kind of social reading is highly beneficial in a classroom environment.
By making textbooks available digitally they have saved their students approximately $8 million. However, Professors note that print is not dying on campus. Many students still prefer print for their textbooks and either buy the real book or print out individual chapters as they go.
With over 40% of students opting in to the program this year it is helping to make backpacks lighter and wallets heavier.