The Washington Post recently explored the revolution in college course materials in an article published on April 14, 2018. The article investigated questions about cost, fairness, and access for students as they grapple with high prices and adapt to changing technologies.
VitalSource is “a technology company that makes it really easy for institutions to ensure every student has the content they need for learning the first day of class, at affordable price points.”
VitalSource is “an easy button to move content to a digital platform helping students and their institutions actually succeed.”
The above quotes are from our chief operating officer Pep Carrera speaking with Neil Hughes on the Tech Writer Blog podcast earlier this month. The podcast gave Pep the opportunity to discuss VitalSource’s direction and the emerging trends in the education market. Pep addresses a number of relevant topics including inclusive access, analytics, OER and student engagement. His responses are insightful and thought provoking.
Editor’s Note: This is the third of three posts on VitalSource’s recent study conducted by Wakefield Research.
Even as students are growing more disappointed with the state of technology in their classrooms, digital textbooks are proving to be an outlier as a trusted learning tool, according to a recent survey of 500 college students.
Not All Tech Created Equal
Digital textbooks are bucking the disillusionment trend current classroom technology is facing:
Editor’s Note: This is the second of three posts on a recently-conducted research study commissioned by VitalSource.
At VitalSource, it is important for us to understand the wants, needs, attitudes and concerns of our users. To that end, we commission a yearly study to “take the temperature” of college students regarding technology used in their education.
According to the 2016 survey, the high cost of college, including textbooks, is causing students to make unreasonable sacrifices. More than ever, students are waiting to purchase required course materials until after the beginning of classes or not purchasing them at all, even though many know it is affecting their ability to succeed academically.
No one doubts students live increasingly digital lives. Devices are ubiquitous and “screen time” continues to rise. Schools and campuses are wired, courses are online, and distance education opportunities are exploding at every level. A generation of learners today is more likely to think of “libraries” as online portals for accessing collections and searching databases than quiet halls for study, exploration, research, and reflection.