The Bookshelf® team is excited to give our users a very special gift this holiday season: a brand-new Bookshelf Library! Our loyal users have seen the evolution of Bookshelf over the years from a simplistic reader to an interactive study center. As time has passed, the way we interact with websites and apps has evolved. With this in mind, we’ve remodeled our library to mimic new user habits to improve the student learning experience and enable student success. This set of updates is designed to help organize content and reduce overall distractions in the study center to ensure studying is more efficient and students have what they need to ace that test!
This piece appeared in its entirety in the July 3, 2017 edition of eCampus News.
I’ve always considered myself a good student. I would dutifully tote textbooks and color-coded binders with matching dividers around everywhere I went, from home to school, school to after-school practices, practices to my part-time job, and then back home every evening, studying any chance I could.
Oh, how things have changed.
Now students have access to all those learning materials and resources from the touch of small, lightweight device. They can access what they need from anywhere, regardless of what device they are using. In a world of constant change and continuous improvement, finding paths that will encourage student growth, success, and retention are vital in our educational strategies. Hinds (Miss.) Community College is now a world without lost backpacks, forgotten textbooks, or misplaced notes, fostering a culture that encourages constant learning, even when class isn’t in session.
A 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.
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.
At VitalSource®, it is a priority for us to listen to our users and make our solutions as useful as possible to teaching and learning. That’s why we are excited to announce we have integrated with Microsoft OneNote to expand on our popular feature: Export your Notebook.