Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CourseSmart Spring 2013 Internet2®/Educause Research Project

CourseSmart, in conjunction with Internet2 and Educause, is pleased to announce an exciting research project which will allow higher education institutions to test a new and innovative digital content model designed to make course materials more affordable, engaging and effective for all students - including those with vision and reading disabilities. Central to this research project is a creative new business model which will give participants superior value, flexibility and ease by providing access to all digital course materials for one flat rate.

Comprehensive CourseSmart Features

The world's largest selection of eTextbooks and other digital course materials - more than 30,000 titles from over 40 publishers.

90% of core higher education textbooks in digital format.

CourseSmart is committed to accessibility and is WCAG 2.0 AA certified. 80% of CourseSmart's top selling titles have been optimized for accessibility, and others can be optimized on request.

CourseSmart integrates into all major LMS platforms: BlackboardLearn™, Desire2Learn®, Pearson LearningStudio, Sakai, Moodle, Canvas and custom LMSs.

eTextbooks can be accessed online or offline anytime through almost any device - computers, and most tablets and smartphones with free CourseSmart apps.

All notes, highlighting and bookmarks are synched so students always have what they need, when they need it.

Innovative Program

Introducing Subscription Pack Pricing. Choosing any eTextbook on CourseSmart for one flat fee covers all of a student's textbook needs.

Students will be able to place any book on their bookshelf and access up to 12 titles at a time.

 Two optional tiers for institutional participation:
1. 100 students from an institution may participate for $27,500 per semester ($275 per student)
2. 200 students from an institution may participate for $44,000 per semester ($220 per student)

Instructors will have free, unlimited access to all Coursesmart titles through the Faculty Instant Access service.

Participating institutions get access to data sets and an analytics dashboard to facilitate student engagement.

Superior Customer Support and Training

CourseSmart has fully developed training and communications to support the rollout across a campus and 24/7 support via telephone, email, chat and an extensive online knowledge base.

Research project participants will also have a dedicated "solution" hotline for students and faculty as well as direct Tier2 support for administrators and institutional help desk personnel.

Faculty will receive training via live web conference with recordings available on demand.

Note: This is a limited research project but there are opportunities for additional institutions to participate.  Interested parties should contact Dana Voss at dvoss@internet2.edu or Bill Sherman at bill.sherman@coursesmart.com

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