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Mike Hale, Ph.D.

Mike Hale, Ph.D., is the VP of education for North America for VitalSource. Mike has more than 25 years in the field of education. He has spent the last 13 with VitalSource, helping institutions improve outcomes and affordably create and deliver learning solutions. He is currently responsible for leading VitalSource’s North American higher education initiatives. Prior to joining VitalSource, Mike spent 14 years working to improve K-12 education as a college professor, high school teacher, and director of a successful charter school.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Auburn University and a Master’s and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Op-ed: Consider Access and Quality when Developing Free Digital Textbooks

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on June 11, 2018

Op-ed: Consider Access and Quality when Developing Free Digital TextbooksThis op-ed was originally published in The74 on June 4, 2018.

The growing cost of higher education is a major issue for students, families, and colleges. Tuition has more than doubled over the past 30 years, and three-quarters of all graduates struggle with loan debt.

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Teaming Up to Address Affordability and Access

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on February 08, 2018

Teaming Up to Address Affordability and AccessAcross the nation, a growing number of colleges and universities are looking for innovative solutions that can help lower costs and raise student achievement.

One of the many challenges in higher education is the cost of course materials and textbooks. Print textbook costs have risen 82 percent over the last decade – that’s more than three times the rate of inflation. These high costs have led a growing number of students to delay or avoid purchasing required course materials, even though they know their grades will suffer as a result.

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To strengthen offerings to campus stores, Hayes joins VitalSource

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on October 20, 2017

Kathleen Hayes - Director of Institutional Partnerships, VitalSourceIt is an exciting time at VitalSource as Kathleen Hayes, a 25-year ed-tech veteran, has joined us as our new Director of Institutional Partnerships. Kathleen will lead our U.S. and Canadian higher-education efforts, for both VitalSource and Verba, to grow Inclusive Access and to accelerate affordability and the digital revolution in course materials. Kathleen has built a career driving affordability in course materials, coming from zyBooks, helping to improve learning through digital learning solutions, and prior to that, Verba, where she focused her efforts on providing tools for colleges stores to grow affordability initiatives.

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What would happen if learning materials were provided to all students on or before the first day of class? Part II

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on October 20, 2016

Part 2 of 2: The Solution

Previously we discussed why course materials pricing had increases well beyond inflation, and why the dynamics of this market has hurt student success. If you want to read the full entry, access Part 1 of 2 here: What would happen if learning materials were provided to all students on or before the first day of class? Part I

We promised a solution, and it’s absurdly simple. Break the cycle and lower the total cost of education by eliminating the print textbook. Do this and students will benefit both economically and educationally.

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What would happen if learning materials were provided to all students on or before the first day of class? Part 1

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on October 10, 2016

Part 1 of 2: Why doesn’t this happen?

If all required learning materials, including textbooks, were provided to all students on or before the first day of class, the average price per student of learning materials would drop and students would be more successful.

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