By Ryan Tyler
I'm a second year doctoral student, and I've got some concern about something I heard today that I want to share with any forward-thinking university president, but also with you.
Many schools will be looking at a new e-textbook platform from Apple that will have long-lasting impact on curriculum, students, teaching and cost of education.
Dear President Jones:
Hi, I?m one of your Doctorate in Education students. I have a concern I would like to share with you.
As you well know, this year my tuition went up- again. I?ve seen all your emails explaining this situation -- that these are tough times with steep cuts in state funding due to a loss in tax revenue. I?m sure you know that, according to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, college tuition went up 757 percent from 1980-2009. For perspective, healthcare costs during this same timeframe went up 401 percent. I think you know tuition is a real problem and truly do want to deliver us the highest quality education at an affordable price.
This is why I?m imploring you not to adopt Apple?s iBooks 2 platform for this university.
Today, Apple announced new iBooks 2 software that will make it so a student like myself can buy all his textbooks as interactive ebooks. Among other things, Apple says they?re going to fix the problem of ridiculously high textbook prices by offering books from publishers like McGraw Hill that would normally cost $75 for only $15 through iBooks 2. Additionally, they announced a way for my professors to easily publish their own textbooks and post them right onto Apple?s iBooks platform. They also released an app so that iTunes U can now become an easy way to do online learning, with iBooks integrated right in with audio and video.
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