The American University of Nigeria to Go All Digital by Fall 2011

When AUN opens its doors in Septmber 2011, there will be something missing: textbooks.

The American University of Nigeria announced this week that it plans to replace all of its textbooks and course materials with digital equivalents. The university believes that this  will reduce costs for students and cut waste. “The cost of these books has skyrocketed all over the world in the last few decades. For some students, they have become simply unaffordable. To save costs, many students have had to share books, or forego them altogether. The result has been university bookstores crammed with unsold texts,” said Dr. Margee Ensign,President of AUN.

via All Africa

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Building on the expertise of the faculty of AUN’s School of Information Technology and Communications, the university has decided to cut waste and reduce costs to students by eliminating paper textbooks. “The cost of these books has skyrocketed all over the world in the last few decades. For some students, they have become simply unaffordable. To save costs, many students have had to share books, or forego them altogether. The result has been university bookstores crammed with unsold texts,” said Dr Ensign, an abiding believer in using technology to drive education.

At AUN, “this will be no more from September 2011,” said Dr. Ensign, adding that the university “has been at the cutting edge of the new wireless technology since it was founded. Going to e-books for instruction is the obvious next step.”

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