Other higher education institutions in Pierce County also are using digital textbooks for some courses, among them Tacoma Community College, University of Washington Tacoma and Bates Technical College. But Pierce is out front in offering entire degrees.
Pierce faculty make use of the Open Course Library, a project funded by the state and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It went live in 2013 with textbooks, syllabuses, additional reading materials and assessments for 81 of the state’s most highly-enrolled courses. It is available to students at no or low cost.
Mark Jenkins, director of eLearning for the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, said the state’s early adoption of digital textbooks has made students and faculty receptive to using them.
“We don’t have to go out and beg people to be a part of (open textbooks),” he said. “That’s a level of maturity very few states have.” (Source)