eTexts at the University of Minnesota


The University of Minnesota (including the Office of eLearning) is continuing to explore the feasibility of providing texts and course materials in electronic format through the Provost’s e-Text Task Force co-chaired by Bob Crabb (Director, University Bookstore) and Brad Cohen (Associate CIO).

Spring 2012 Pilot
In Spring 2012, the University of Minnesota partnered with Cornell University, Indiana University, the University of Virginia, the University of Wisconsin, and Internet 2 in a rapid eText pilot. About 700 University of Minnesota students participated. The effort was led by Indiana University (IU), which initiated a formal eText pilot in 2009. 

This initiative offered a comprehensive approach in the shift from print to digital texts by bringing together key players:

Former Provost Tom Sullivan authorized the initiative and funded the U's $20,000 participation fee. Former Vice Provost Billie Wahlstrom and Vice Provost Bob McMaster served as executive sponsors and a project management team was constituted to address timelines, deliverables, challenges, risks, and metrics.