While not quite as catchy as Jack Johnson’s hit single, the title of this blog is meant to serve as an open invitation to anyone who wants to improve the status quo. For years, institutions and vendors have made strides using their own data. Most institutions have risk models that are driven by demographic data, incoming GPA, and other factors. Most vendors have solutions for educators that promise improvements to their students’ outcomes. These approaches have certainly helped improve student success, but the value of a single body of data has limits.
At VitalSource, we’re all about improving learning outcomes and affordability, at scale. While digital delivery of materials through new models like Inclusive Access have made course materials more affordable than ever, it’s the improvement in learning outcomes that makes digital course materials so special.
What does at scale mean in terms of learning data? Last year, VitalSource delivered over 20 million titles to 5.7 million students and 1 million faculty. These learners and educators read over 2.4 billion pages, created 177 million annotations and searched their content library over 66 million times. That’s learning data at scale.
At VitalSource, we believe in a simple formula for student success: relevant content plus great instruction plus quality student engagement equals student success. We know your institution is already positioned to deliver effective instruction and your instructional designers ensure the best content is available to students, but do you know whether your students are engaging with the course materials in a meaningful way?
As the market leader in managing digital programs, we’re helping institutions ensure every student in every course has their materials on the first day of class at the best price possible. Instead of wondering whether students are keeping pace with early instruction, instructors can have confidence that students have the materials they need to fully engage from day one.
The process of preparing for the semester is daunting.
It’s stressful figuring out how to get students to get the most from your course, usually accompanied by flipping through an old textbook or sifting through a pile of sample books that have been hoarded with the best of intentions.
There’s so much great content out there, but you have limited time to communicate it to your students. How can you easily get through that stack, create a syllabus and then figure out your course?
Good news: we can help you tackle these common conundrums.
For publishers and content creators, it’s all about learning:
• How does our content improve learning outcomes?
• How can we ensure that the right content is in the right course?
Publishers and institutions agree on a simple formula: quality content, plus quality instruction, plus quality student engagement equal student success. Understanding exactly how students engage with content is key to improving each piece of this formula.