Campus Technologu / 07-13-10 / Dian Schaffhauser
A company that produces digital versions of textbooks for higher education has launched a new program that makes the materials immediately and freely available for review by faculty members. CourseSmart has opened the Faculty Instant Access Program to a few institutions, but a company spokeswoman said it would be rolling out the initiative to others through the spring 2011 semester.
According to the company, the service allows users to gain access to the e-textbook formats of more about 90 percent of the most popular textbooks through the given college's learning management system or campus portal.
"The new Faculty Instant Access program creates a more streamlined evaluation-to-selection process for instructors while introducing them to digital tools that can enhance their students' classroom experience and ease their administrative burden," said CEO Sean Devine.