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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 in 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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To buy or not to buy: the student course material quandary

Posted by Andy Cagle on September 19, 2017

To buy or not to buy: the student course material quandaryAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in two- and four-year degree-granting programs rose from 13.2 to 17 million students (an increase of 30 percent) between 2000 to 2015. That number is projected to be 19.3 million by 2026.

This is great news as more students are investing in their futures. However, it comes with a tradeoff: rising cost of attendance and future student loan debt. Based on statistics published by the College Board, the average published tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities increased by 9 percent in 2016 over the five years from 2011-12 to 2016-17, following a 29 percent increase between 2006-07 and 2011-12.

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University of Missouri System taking great strides toward access, affordability

Posted by Andy Cagle on September 12, 2017

Missouri is working to improve access for all studentsOne of the best things about my job is being able to go out and meet the faculty and administrators who are working to ensure all students have access to affordable course materials as part of initiatives to improve overall access to a college education. Even better than that is the opportunity to meet and talk to the students who benefit from the efforts.

I had such an opportunity last month at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There, we met with students, administrators, and faculty from the entire University of Missouri System about the program they have dubbed Auto Access.

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Let’s improve access and affordability for all students

Posted by Todd Smith on September 06, 2017

Improving access and affordability for all studentsI have spent my entire career working with college and university campus stores to promote access to affordable course materials for all students. The academic success of college students means a lot to me and helping them have the textbooks and other learning materials they need - when they need them - goes a long way in promoting that success. It is something I am truly passionate about.

And that’s why I’m excited about coming to work at VitalSource and continuing the work the team here has started and advanced with campus stores to enable student achievement. As the manager of campus store relationships for VitalSource, I will be working with campus stores across the country to ensure they have the tools to be successful in their missions to support student learning.

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Data-Driven Content Insights for Publishers

Posted by Daniel Green on August 16, 2017

Data-Driven Content Insights for PublishersFor publishers and content creators, it’s all about learning: 
How does our content improve learning outcomes?
How can we ensure that the right content is in the right course?
Publishers and institutions agree on a simple formula: quality content, plus quality instruction, plus quality student engagement equal student success. Understanding exactly how students engage with content is key to improving each piece of this formula.

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