Your Name and Title: Plamen Miltenoff, Professor.


School or Organization Name: St. Cloud State University


Co-Presenter Name(s): Rachel Wexelbaum, Collection Management Librarian


Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States


Language in Which You Will Present: English


Target Audience(s): academia- faculty, librarians, students


Short Session Description (one line):

eTextbooks in Global Education: A Common Standard?

Discussion of the creation and use of eTexbooks in closed and open educational systems.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

eTextbooks in Global Education: A Common Standard?

Tuition increase in higher education leads to a decrease in college graduates. According to research, students in the United States with access to free eTexbooks are more likely to stay in school and graduate. As a result, faculty in the United States are just beginning to question traditional educational formats and content delivery. 

Two faculty members from St. Cloud State University will facilitate a discussion about the experience and opinions of faculty and librarians from around the world in regard to their creation, adoption, and standardization of OER for global education.  The facilitators will also survey session participants on their perceptions and usage of eTextbooks. The goal of the discussion is to contemplate tactics in the successful application of textbooks, eTexbooks in particular, across borders and cultural milieus.


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Thanks for your submission to present at the 2011 Global Education Conference. Your proposal looks promising, but could benefit from some additional language that ties your work to the conference theme of global collaboration. Your proposed session may imply global collaborations and connections, but we need to see more explanation of how your work ties into our mission.  The conference seeks to present ideas, examples and initiatives related to connecting educators and classrooms around the world with an emphasis on promoting global awareness and instilling global competency in students. This is not a general education conference nor a technology conference. Please review your submission and adjust accordingly, so that participants clearly understand how your work fits into the mission of the conference.


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