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Washington Post explores the revolution in college course materials

Posted by Paget Hetherington on April 24, 2018

The Washington Post recently explored the revolution in college course materials in an article published on April 14, 2018. The article investigated questions about cost, fairness, and access for students as they grapple with high prices and adapt to changing technologies.

Our own Mike Hale, vice president of education for North America, shared his insights on this timely and important subject with the Post. He stated, “There are great open-educational resources, but we don’t want to sacrifice quality for affordability. We just want people to make a decision that includes both cost and quality.”

This intersection of cost and quality is what drives us at VitalSource. Our Inclusive Access model is the course content solution that’s driving down costs for students and giving them day-one access to the materials they need to persist. All students are able to access their digital course materials on the first day of classes through their institution’s Learning Management System. They benefit from lower prices made possible by volume discounts that are available only when all students in a course have day-one access.

Faculty don’t need to choose between affordability and academic freedom. With VitalSource’s extensive catalog and strong publisher relationships—we work with over 1,000 publishers to deliver quality digital learning materials—virtually any content can be adopted for use in Inclusive Access.

As this conversation continues to grow, VitalSource looks forward to leading the way.

To see the full article from the Washington Post, visit: Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change.

Topics: Inclusive Access

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