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Rainna Erikson

Rainna Erikson currently serves as the product manager for VitalSource’s flagship product, Bookshelf. As the manager of Bookshelf, Rainna works to enhance student learning by spearheading new features focused on study tools and social learning. Rainna previously spent five years creating custom curriculum solutions for clients at Jones & Bartlett Learning, a leading provider of education performance management solutions. Driven by the knowledge that every program has different objectives, Rainna works to create a flexible platform that allows for user customization. Rainna holds a Master of Science from Pace University. As a true book nerd, Rainna enjoys spending her days working on Bookshelf and her nights reading as much as possible.

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Add Content to Your Course with One Click

Posted by Rainna Erikson on November 15, 2017

Add Content to Your Course with One ClickVitalSource is committed to day-one success for faculty and students. In an earlier post we wrote about how to set your course up to facilitate this success (and hosted a webinar on the same topic). Today, we go a step further in making your course setup even easier using our Inclusive Access program.

Inclusive Access is a popular content delivery mechanism that VitalSource has supported for more than 10 years that gives your students access to all their digital materials on day one at a reduced rate. Right now, if you have an Inclusive Access program through VitalSource, we work with your campus Bookstore to ensure all adopted books are available in your learning management system (LMS) of “how do I get my content into my specific course shell?”

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Share, socialize, and stop reading in a vacuum!

Posted by Rainna Erikson on August 21, 2017

Share, Socialize, and stop reading in a vacuumA common debate over the years has been, what is better: TV or movies?

Of late, TV is soundly winning the debate. Some people say it is because viewers prefer the shorter format. Our minds wander too much for a two-hour movie, but yet we often binge watch multiple episodes, so how much is our mind wandering? Others say it’s the aspect of the cliffhanger, which keeps viewers hungrily coming back for more. However, cliffhangers have been around since soap operas gained popularity in the 50’s. Another argument says it’s the quality of the writing that has grown as TV has begun to be a more respected format. However, what I think is happening is that TV has grown because it is now so social.

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Power use and customize your Bookshelf experience using Labs

Posted by Rainna Erikson on April 06, 2017

What’s the first thing you do when you get a new phone? How about a new computer?

Customize!

Customization and personalization are innate in today’s digital habits. Some people like to use certain shortcuts, install special plug-ins, change their settings.

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Cut down on student distractions with Assigned Readings

Posted by Rainna Erikson on March 14, 2017

In my last post, I talked about how we at VitalSource are constantly reaching out to students in an effort to solicit feedback and understand challenges they face while reading their assignments or studying specific materials. Our solution to students faced with confusion over their homework was a new feature allowing for looking up content in Wikipedia.

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Wikipedia look up now available on Bookshelf

Posted by Rainna Erikson on February 03, 2017

When I was in school, I remember using World Book Encyclopedias when I wanted to do a quick browse on a topic. Over the years, with encycopedias moving online, this habit has moved to a quick Wikipedia search and review. Wikipedia is often the first or second web hit when using an online search engine. Accoring to Alexa Internet, Inc. and SimilarWeb (companies that track commercial web traffic data and analytics), Wikipedia was the fifth-most used website in 2016

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