Chris Wares, Head of Library Services at Pearson College London, recently attended the Talis Insight Europe 2017 conference in Birmingham and joined a panel discussion on the topic of etextbooks in higher education.
The Talis Insight Europe conference brings together library leaders and professionals in higher education, to explore the role of libraries in the institutional strategy and impact of technology on learning and teaching. Chris was joined on the panel by Libby Holmer, Director of Library & Learning Services at UEL and Graham Stone, Senior Researcher at JISC Collections. The panel described the size and nature of institutional etextbook initiatives and discussed the drivers and the challenges behind them.
As Head of Library Services at Pearson College London, Chris was able to offer his thoughts from the perspective of an alternative Higher Education provider. As a new institution, Pearson College London are looking to provide students a different offering and have the flexibility to adapt organisationally to take advantage of the benefits that etextbooks are able to add to enhance student learning.
Many institutions are looking at the provision of etextbooks to add value to their degree programmes, but very few have been able to invest in initiatives on a large scale. This was an opportunity for Pearson College London to share a wealth of knowledge and experience with senior librarians from across UK Higher Education.
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