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CourseSmart Launches CourseSmart Subscription Pack
CourseSmart, in partnership with Internet2 and EDUCAUSE, announced a research project to test a simple, convenient, and affordable approach to digital course materials. Up to 20 institutions will be invited to participate in a trial of the CourseSmart Subscription Pack, a one-stop shopping experience where students can buy all of their etextbooks from one website for one subscription price over a fixed access period.
Institutions participating in the research project will have a choice between two flat fee options, which allow a select number of students at the institution immediate access to any etextbook in CourseSmart's catalog of more than 30,000 titles from 40 publishers. Participating institutions will choose license access from two levels:
- 100 students = $27,500 per semester
- 200 students = $44,000 per semester
- Additional students can be added at $200 each after 200 student minimum
- An added benefit to institutions taking part in the research project is that faculty will receive free, unlimited access to CourseSmart's entire catalog through the Faculty Instant Access (FIA) program
CourseSmart's Subscription Pack offers students the ability to place up to 12 titles on their bookshelves at any point during the semester, which should more than adequately cover the typical student's needs with room to spare. Students will pay $275 or less for all of their digital materials, which is a significant savings over print retail textbook prices.
CourseSmart titles will be integrated within participating institutions' learning management systems, providing students and faculty with immediate access to course content within the environments they use daily. CourseSmart’s etextbooks can be accessed online or offline anytime through any device or through dedicated apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Students participating in the research project will be able to take advantage of the many features of CourseSmart etextbooks, including the ability to search, copy and paste, and take notes, highlight, and bookmark passages, which are synced across devices.
For more information or for institutions interested in participating in this research project, visit www.coursesmart.com/go/sp2013research.
Paula J. Hane
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