The Instructional Resources Service (IRS) office works with faculty and students to deliver a variety of instructional resources through a rental system that includes print textbooks and digital resources. As UW-System's designated polytechnic university, one of UW-Stout's core values is "the pursuit of innovation, technology and sustainability with a constant eye to the future." To that end, IRS has taken steps to manage costs and increase learning outcomes associated with instructional resources by transitioning to digital course resources. In Fall 2012, IRS piloted a voluntary program to deliver digital resources (e.g., electronic textbooks);this pilot included 5 courses and approximately 200 students. For Fall 2015, one-third of all courses use digital resources as primary course content. Feedback is essential to developing and maintaining a versatile and sustainable program and is welcome at all times. 

E-Reader Platforms & Digital Tools

*** E-reader Access via D2L ***

Currently, digital content is provided on several platforms:

Presentations & Training 

Mike King conducts instructor training; please contact him at

Stout "Open" for Learning and Value in Education (SOLVE): An Open Textbook Pilot (UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development [OPID], April 2016)

Polytechnic Summit (June 2014)

Free Learning Objects - open educational resources that have a Creative Commons copyright and allow for open use, modification, and sharing. 

Digital Resources Team

Amber Schoenick

Digital Resources Specialist

Robert Butterfield

Director, Instructional Resources Service 

E-textbook Services

Instructional Resources



Instructional Resources Service

315 Tenth Ave. East
321 Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Ctr
Menomonie, WI 54751