February 8, 2012
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


The Florida Distance Learning Consortium invites you to join us at a one-day symposium on institution and state level digital textbook initiatives. The goal is to provide attendees with an understanding of the national trends, exposure to the prevailing models for both publisher digital textbooks and open textbooks, and an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion of the various issues surrounding the models. Faculty, policy makers, and experts from Florida and across the country will describe their digital textbook programs, policies, results, and best practices. Two panel discussion will provide you with an opportunity to share your comments and ask questions. The first panel includes digital textbook providers and an open textbook provider, and the second speakers from other state systems and institutions that have established digital textbook programs.

Registration fee: $40.00 Registration Closed
Failure to cancel registration within one week prior to the meeting date (by February 1, 2012), will result in the need for you to pay regardless of your attendance. By submitting this registration you are agreeing to this registration deadline requirement. Registration fee may be paid in advance or on the day of the event. All checks should be made payable to the: Florida Distance Learning Consortium (FDLC), 1753 West Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310. The registration fee covers a morning snack, drinks, and lunch.


A Room Block has been established for the "Florida Distance Learning Consortium" at the rate of $119.00 per night at:

The Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
1501 International Parkway
Lake Mary, FL 32746

To make your reservation, please call (800) 380-7724 or click here! This room block expires January 18, 2012 so book now!

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Keynote Address:

Diane Harley, Ph.D., Senior Researcher,
Center for Studies in Higher Education, Berkeley

Institution Models:

Colorado Community College

Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost, Colorado Community College System

• Indiana University

Brad Wheeler, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Indiana University

State Models:


Stephen Acker, Research Director, Ohio Digital Bookshelf

• Washington

Tom Caswell, Open Education Policy Associate, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Faculty Perspectives:

Teaching & Learning with Open and Publisher Digital Textbooks

    • Nik Osborne, eTexts Faculty Liason, Indiana University
    • Ben Graydon, Assistant Professor of English, Daytona State College
    • Miklos Bona, Professor of Mathematics, University of Florida
Panel Discussions:

• Publisher Voice: Digital Course Materials - The
Licensing of e-Textbooks and Open Textbooks

    • Meredith Babb, Director, University Press of Florida
    • Michael (Mickey) Levitan, CEO, Courseload
    • TBA, CourseSmart
    • TBA, Pearson

• Panel Discussion:
Comparing Pathways -Support and Sustainability of Models



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