Algonquin to expand eTextbook program to 10,000 students, 120 programs

March 28, 2014

Algonquin College has announced that its eTextbook program, launched in 2013, will reach 10,000 students and 120 programs in 2014-15. The college’s eTextbook initiative aims to “provide 100% of the students with 100% of their resources 100% of the time,” and this year expanded to 34 programs, about 4,000 first-entry students, and 16,800 e-resources. In a study of the first 750 students who took courses using the eTextbook program, 87% of respondents said they intended to primarily use their laptop to access their eTextbooks; the vast majority said they did not intend to print or order a printed copy of their eTextbook. The college is also planning to give out eReaders to students in select programs as part of a pilot to determine whether the device benefits their studies. Algonquin News Release