Home | Register | How to Connect Nik Osborne, J.D. Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, Indiana University As chief of staff, Osborne serves as advisor and key representative to the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at Indiana University and is responsible for managing executive-level communications for both internal staff and external partners of the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology (VPIT). He leads the University Information Technology Services (UITS) Communication Office that provides university-wide communication services for UITS and VPIT, and is responsible for leading IU's eTexts Initiative which includes managing negotiations with publishers and implementing the initiative on IU's eight campuses. He holds a B.S. in Business Law from Indiana University - Kelley School of Business, and a J.D. from Indiana University – Maurer School of Law, both in Bloomington, Indiana. 12 Noon EasterneTextbooks: The Shift to Digital — New Models for Course Distribution As educational materials become widely available in digital format there is ongoing pressure to develop distribution models that will properly serve members of higher education. Considering new models of distribution that move students and authors away from the current textbook model will help shape the delivery of educational materials for years to come. The current disruption in the marketplace brought on by the shift to digital is providing a number of opportunities for institutions of higher education to consider new models of material distribution that will lower costs for our students and move learning forward.