Kortext’s reach within UK universities gives it a unique data driven perspective on student engagement with online learning materials. Early data shows a huge year-on-year increase in usage with over 89 million pages accessed by hundreds of thousands of students since the beginning of the Autumn semester. The most startling insight from the data is the significant difference seen from institutions where Kortext is accessed via a VLE, to those where access is through other discovery tools. The key differences were, longer study time, more pages accessed and a greater number of personal annotations.
"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."View video
"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."View video
"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."View video
BA International Business
It’s really quick and easy to get to the right chapter and section. You can organise your notes, collaborate and share them.
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent University
The ease-of-use and the capabilities of the Kortext analytics dashboard makes this tool very useful. At a glance, I can tell which students are reading the recommended texts and which are not. The analysis will help me decide on the most useful texts to support my courses.
MSc Public Health
It’s amazing because it’s my textbooks, my library ebooks, my essays and lecture notes all in one place.
If there’s no Internet I just access the etextbooks I’ve downloaded on my app.
For universities and faculties wanting to provide broad online access to all adopted textbooks for a single price, with added support and detailed engagement analytics to help drive progression, retention and success.
For universities who have a requirement to provide specific titles to students on a specific course.
For universities looking to enable multi-concurrent access to content either library selected or student selected via Patron Driven Acquisition plans. (Please note, not all publishers offer this access for textbooks). In addition students are able to purchase content for themselves directly should they wish to do so.
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:
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.
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.
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.
We’ve achieved a 100% ASPIREreview score for accessibility. 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.
The recent Pearson/Wonkhe study illustrated that “High Quality Online Teaching” is the overwhelming expectation of Students this autumn. With access to 4,000 publishers, over one million titles and a seamless integration into the VLE, Kortext will help all Universities meet and exceed this expectation.
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.Find out more