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New for 2018: Flashcards!

Posted by Rainna Erikson on January 02, 2018

New for 2018: Flashcards!As a new year begins, the Bookshelf Online team has been reflecting on our goal of creating the best study center possible for our users. During 2017, we took our reader and added robust study tools going beyond notes and highlights, including: integrations with Wikipedia and Microsoft OneNote, labs geared towards our power-users, simplified sharing of notes and highlights, and a design refresh to make our site more intuitive. All of this was done in an effort to help users learn their content and create the best interactive study center possible.

While we are pleased with the work we did in 2017, we are more excited to continue the upgrades to the student experience in 2018.

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Widening student participation through technology

Posted by John Donovan on December 07, 2017

Widening students participation through technologyNo two students are the same. It has long been discussed as to why students, who have performed equally well through their school careers and put the same amount of work into their university degree, might complete their course with drastically different results.

Differential attainment is most commonly associated with students entering university from different backgrounds, or having disparate schooling experiences. However, despite socio-economic factors having received attention in this area, what has potentially been less explored is the impact the actual learning environment at university has on student accessibility and success.

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eBooks changed my life. No, really.

Posted by Leann de Leon on September 22, 2017

Books Changed my Life.jpgRemember the fun of going to the library and picking out books when you were a kid, or spending a relaxing afternoon browsing your favorite bookstore? I don’t. I’ve been legally blind since birth; my vision cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. As much as I loved printed books, they never really loved me back. Trips to the bookstore and library involved finding the large print section, full of books about aging and a plethora of Danielle Steele novels….and not much else.

Until the advent of eBooks, reading for pleasure was tricky, at best. Reading for school was downright miserable. Sometimes large print textbooks were available, but often they were not. I’d exhaust my eyes and do my best to complete my reading assignments and homework, but learning from print books was a painful, and oftentimes, embarrassing experience. I relied on bulky CCTV magnifiers in library basements and an unhealthy amount of eyestrain to make it through high school and college. Then everything changed.

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VitalSource in South Africa: University Partners and Jaws

Posted by Jeni Evans on July 06, 2017

At VitalSource, we are committed to providing the best in educational technology to students worldwide. This is a commitment I strongly believe in.

Beyond that, as a member of VitalSource’s international team, I have been afforded the opportunity to meet some amazing people in some great places. As I meet our university, publisher and re-seller partners, I am astonished by their stories and the things they do to support students in their countries. As an ongoing feature in the VitalSource Resource, I will be sharing some of their stories and, if you will indulge me, a few tales of my adventures.

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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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