Kortext / Jisc partner to enhance access to essential digital learning resources

With hundreds of thousands students commencing or resuming their academic journey shortly, finding their access to university libraries restricted, Kortext and Jisc, are working collectively with universities and publishers to enable affordable access to core eTextbooks.

In addition to improving access to critical content, this cross sector partnership will focus on learning analytics and data to support student retention, progression and success and enable comparison of learning data across the entire UK.

The intent is to enable interested universities to participate in a single programme to improve student engagement, enhance the learning experience and ultimately to deliver better student outcomes.

Use of eTextbooks in a blended learning environment

Kortext is already the largest and fastest growing digital content and learning platform used by universities today, supporting multiple large scale elearning projects across the UK and overseas. Our partnerships with universities are all focused on success – Improved student experience and satisfaction, improved retention and progression, and ultimately, outcomes. There are useful metrics that can be used to measure success, from improved NSS scores through to reduced student drop out. The following outlines some of the areas of focus across different programmes.

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The Evolution of Online Learning

Kortext was founded in 2013 with a vision to help every learner achieve more by simplifying their access and use of relevant learning content, enabling efficient study and use of this content and providing an ability to collaborate during the learning process.

In a little over 5 years we have become the UK’s leading personal learning platform and supplier of digital textbooks. Working with over 3,500 publishers including Pearson, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Wiley and Oxford University Press, we supply well over 1 million digital textbooks to students in over 150 countries around the world. Headquartered in Bournemouth, UK, our team now span the globe working with universities and governments to support better access to learning content and more effective teaching and learning.

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic when students had to continue their studies from home, Kortext lead the sector response with Microsoft and Jisc to deliver the national Free Student eTextbook Programme (FSTP) which was taken up by over 150 UK and Irish Universities. The programme saw over 16,000 textbook titles set up with over 6m pages accessed and some 114,000 hours of study time by students. Kortext has built on the success of this programme to now deliver sustainable access models on an ongoing basis for UK Higher Education in partnership with Jisc and with Microsoft who continue to support the student learning data initiatives that are underway across the UK.

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Case Studies

Manchester University

University of Manchester

"One of the most important parts for us in terms of provision is the monitoring of usage data on the Kortext analytics dashboard. Providing students engagement analytics for our academic staff together with other information is vital for them for early intervention in terms of non-continuation risk."

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Middlesex University

Middlesex University

"In terms of how we work with Kortext, it has always felt to me to be a successful partnership. Our NSS has gone up about 20% in the period of time we’ve been running this, so satisfaction with our resource provision has risen."

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University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth

“Students found that the accessibility features within the platform itself and also the ability to use the titles offline as well as online via multiple devices was very valuable to them.” When asked if they found that “having access to these titles made it easier to read and study the books recommended for their module [students] overwhelmingly agreed.”

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Flexible access models

Kortext has pioneered the institutional use of eTextbooks as part of course delivery to better support students. Our university projects are all delivered in partnership and most are coordinated across the university by the library. Below we outline the different models available.

Please visit Library eTextbook solutions for more information on how we help libraries support the universities teaching and learning agenda and deliver real value to both academics and students.

Kortext Complete

For universities and faculties wanting to provide broad online access to all adopted textbooks for a single price.

Kortext Personalised

For universities who have a requirement to provide specific titles to students on a specific course.

Kortext Access

For universities looking to enable multi-concurrent access to content either library selected or student selected via a Patron Driven Acquisition plan.

Why Kortext?

Kortext is already the lead, contracting supplier of digital content learning solutions to universities across the UK who, under the Jisc and SUPC contracts already in place, can directly award to Kortext without the need for a lengthy tender process and be guaranteed the best pricing terms available.

Our partnership with universities is a constant focus on outcomes:

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Improving Student Experience and Satisfaction

A universal content and learning platform improves the student experience and leads to higher levels of student satisfaction and can be measured through improved NSS scores as well as surveys.

Improved Student Retention and Progression

Having supplied many large scale programmes over a number of years we know that retention and progression are improved through student engagement with their learning materials and better collaborative learning opportunities

Support for TEF

With eTextbook programmes increasingly being looked at as a demonstration of support for teaching and learning, they have positively impacted TEF awards and increasingly data from these programmes can be used to support TEF submissions

Equity of Access

Working with Widening Participation Groups we have shown that by enabling equal access to educational resources, the most disadvantaged students are given equal opportunity to study and progress.

Exceeding Expectations

The recent Pearson/Wonkhe study illustrated that “High Quality Online Teaching” is the overwhelming expectation of Students this autumn. With access to 3,500 publishers, over one million titles and a seamless integration into the VLE, Kortext will help all Universities meet and exceed this expectation.

Why the Kortext Platform?

The Kortext platform is different. It’s a cutting edge, cloud architected system that gives every student their own unique bookshelf and connects them to their content, to each other and to their academics. The platform hosts over 1m eTextbooks and allied learning materials such as video, from over 3,000 academic publishers. It facilitates seamless connection from your university’s VLE, reading list or library catalogue, through to the required textbooks along with associated video, assessment and courseware platforms.

The platform incorporates a world class, student learning analytics solution that actively supports student retention, progression and success and we have partnered with Microsoft to build scalability, security and performance.

Kortext is the only platform that enables students to connect from Kortext directly to other key, library content platforms and bring content into one unified view for the student; be that EBSCO, ProQuest, publishers like Taylor and Francis, or the Course Packs delivered through the Copyright Licensing Agency’s blanket licence. This unique ability truly drives significant efficiencies and improvements to the student learning experience. Connectivity between students, their academics and their content for collaborative learning comes to life through Kortext.

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