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The value of Bookshelf: A student perspective

Posted by Alex Terry on October 31, 2017

The value of Bookshelf: A student perspectiveAs an undergrad, I went to a public university and, like most students, heavily relied on textbooks to complete and be successful in my studies. Early in my academic career, I found VitalSource as a source for my textbooks – in a digital format – and my study habits were forever changed.

I am now in my master’s program and I use VitalSource Bookshelf every day. I log in to VitalSource on my Mac, open OneNote, put each program side-by-side on my screen and use the integration between the two programs to take notes on the chapter at hand.

There are so many good things about Bookshelf, but there are two main features that I love the most.

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Understand Student Engagement with the Instructor Dashboard

Posted by Daniel Green on October 24, 2017

Understand Student Engagement with the Instructor DashboardAt 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.

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Set your students up for day-one success!

Posted by Daniel Green on September 27, 2017

Set your students up for day-one successThe 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.

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Our Mission: Affordability and Access

Posted by Ryan Petersen on May 23, 2017

In 2007, as undergraduates, we started a student government project to lower the cost of textbooks through price comparison. The goal was to help fellow students find their course materials at the lowest cost. To accomplish this, my classmates and I built a price comparison tool that collected a small affiliate fee from retailers each time a transaction was completed. In addition to saving students money on their course materials, we used the proceeds from those affiliate fees to help build a school in Zambia.

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The Right Information at the Right Time

Posted by Daniel Green on May 10, 2017

The next time you say, “I am making the best decision based on the information I have available to me”, you want to know your decision was made with a clear perspective and informed by the bigger picture. Today more than ever, students are presented with an increasing number of tools and study aids, each producing valuable learning data.  As educators look to improve student success through the analysis of this data, the difficulty of gathering and consistently interpreting the data is compounded by the number of tools in play.

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