Whether you are involved in primary or higher education, going back to school is always an exciting time. As more institutions transition to digital content and a digital learning environments, there are many new possibilities for educators to be creative in integrating technology into their classrooms and for students to add substantial depth to what they’re already learning.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) reports that 80% of K-12 classrooms use digital content. Within the last five years, student ownership of smartphones and tablets has increased by over 70%. Schools and universities are already taking advantage of this prevalence of smartphones by integrating digital content with a “mobile-first” approach. As more and more students carry digital trends from their primary education into college classrooms, it is imperative for higher education to be prepared for expectations of digital natives.
With so many resources available through technology, there is a sense of educators and students alike being overwhelmed with so much information. How can educators teach students to be discerning in which digital resources they use? How can they optimize the platforms from which they’re learning? How can educators themselves sort through the digital content available to select the most relevant sources?
There are many challenges that come with the transition to digital content. But there are also so many exciting possibilities. Libraries are moving heavily towards digital collections, and students are inching closer to no longer needing to buy heavy, expensive textbooks, and multiple avenues to obtain resources through digital media are always popping up.
Humanities E-Book (HEB) is one such avenue. HEB has curated an online collection of 5,000 works, all of which are recommended and highly regarded by scholars in their respective fields and many of which are award-winning titles. HEB is committed to making digital humanities more accessible through an unlimited multiple user interface and our Humanities Open Book project, for example. HEB is also committed to transparency and service, keeping our costs low while also providing swift and reliable service to address the needs of users.