As the digital revolution in education continues, students expect a university experience that reflects the digital world they have been brought up in. This includes access to etextbooks, and the significant advantages they provide. Kortext, and our partners, can provide your students with unparalleled online and offline access to the etextbooks they require, ensuring your university provides the best possible tools for them to succeed in their learning.
There are multiple reasons why universities are going digital and providing etextbooks for their students. These include:
- Pedagogical – Broader access & usability; measured outcomes
- Digital Teaching & Learning – Integration with university learning management systems (LMS/VLE)
- Marketing – “Giving back” and “No hidden extras”, providing equal access with a positive brand image
- Distribution – Ease & low cost
We can facilitate university arranged purchases of etextbooks as part of a ‘value add’ strategy for attracting new students to your institution, assisting student progression, providing a level playing field, measuring outcomes and equipping the student to learn from the outset.
Kortext is also offered on a direct purchase basis through the Kortext Store, allowing the student to decide whether to purchase digital versions of their core texts.
We offer electronic review copies of preferred textbooks to lecturers and librarians, enabling straightforward adoption decisions. Review copies also provide decision makers with an indication of the benefits that etextbooks will provide their students.
Integration with university learning systems
Kortext plays host to a dedicated, centralized location for accessing etextbooks, and the tools needed to integrate those etextbooks into their existing learning routine. This includes linking to university learning management systems such as Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas and others, including customisation for local systems.
By linking with the university’s administration systems, our management tools also provide vital feedback as to how successfully your students are interacting with the platform correlating outcomes with other performance measures.
Core texts for your course
We work with key academic publishers across the globe to ensure the availability of their books in digital format, on one aggregated platform. If you require a specific text, we have the resources to source it for you in digital format – be that a traditional textbook or course adoption.
Middlesex is not the only university offering students free etextbooks, but Kortext has unique features: it is coordinated by the Library so can be understood by students as an extension of their existing library materials and support… the intention is to provide materials to all students rather than select groups or departments.