eTextbooks, digital content, learning objects—what does it all mean for you?


Find out how other faculty are using these resources and how you can leverage them to make your job easier. Learn how they can help save you time, enhance student engagement, and save students money.

Come take a no-risk adventure into this "Brave New World" to see how you can voyage "Beyond the Book," on Thursday, January 20, from 10:00-2:00 in SAC Salons A-C.  Refreshments will be served!


This event is FREE and open to the public on January 20, from 10:00-2:00, in SAC Salons A-C.


Schedule (PDF version of the full program)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Keynote Address: The Future of Course Materials:  Text, Technology, and Trends Dr. Mark Nelson headshot

Mark R. Nelson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Nelson is CIO for the National Association of College Stores Mark R. Nelson, Ph.D., M.B.A. is CIO for the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and VP for NACS Media Solutions.   Over the past five years, Dr. Nelson participated as a speaker for both national and international audiences providing information and updates on digital content delivery and the future of course materials.  From 2003-2008 he held a fellowship with EDUCAUSE where one of his articles, “E-Books in Higher Education:  Are we nearing the end of the era of hype,” became one of the most read articles related to technology in higher education in 2008. Prior to joining NACS, Dr. Nelson was an assistant professor in management information systems and information technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he also held senior-level administrative positions.

Blog: The Cite

PDF version of presentation slides

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Issues and Trends of eTextbooks

Jay Dominick, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology (Moderator)
Stanley Wilder, University Librarian
Jay Raja, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Megan Smith, President of Student Government
Mark Nelson, Keynote Speaker

12:00 PM - 2:00  PM

Digital Learning Resource Fair to include publishers and demonstrations from UNC Charlotte faculty and staff

Using Publisher-Created Digital Content

  • Cengage Learning
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 
  • McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Pearson Education

Creating Your Own Digital Content

  • Learning MDs (Multimedia Developer) Internship Program (Scott Phillipson, CTL)
  • Moodle as a Course Repository (Michael Moore, CTL)
  • Accessibility of e-Textbooks (Jo Ann Fernald, Disability Services)
  • Library’s Electronic Resources (Lisa Nickel, Shelly Theriault, Reese Manceaux, Judy Walker and Heather McCullough, J. Murrey Atkins Library)
  • E-Readers and e-Publishers (Joel Kriner, Barnes & Noble)

Faculty Success Stories

  • Adopting Pearson eTextbooks Into a Large Course Redesign (Sue Spaulding, Psychology)
  • Adopting McGraw-Hill eTextbooks Into a Large Course Redesign (Kristin Connor, Spanish)
  • From Paper to Moodle: Creating a Lab Manual on Moodle (Jennifer Warner and Tonya Bates, Biology)

Maps and Directions