Nashville, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced that TCI - College of Technology (TCI), one of the largest, two-year private colleges in the New York metropolitan area, has selected its VitalSource Bookshelf platform for its move to an all-digital content curriculum.
"More of today's students are using technology to their advantage, and the integration of the VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook platform into our curriculum provides tremendous opportunity for our institution," said Felix Pretto, Executive Vice President of Administration
at TCI. "Its interactive features and collaborative nature, and the portability of content that allows anytime, anywhere access to course materials will help us transform learning at TCI."
The Vital Source Bookshelf platform will be integrated with TCI College's learning management system Blackboard Learn. Through the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, TCI students and faculty will have the flexibility to access e-textbooks through Blackboard Learn, and content can be used online and offline on a variety of operating systems and devices.
Using the VitalSource platform, TCI students will have the ability to make notes, highlights, and annotations in their e-textbooks, all of which automatically sync across devices. Students can also share and subscribe to notes and highlights from their peers.
"More colleges are reshaping their curriculums for today's student with e-textbook content and interactive learning tools from Vital Source," said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. "As TCI moves to an all-digital content curriculum, we are pleased that our VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook platform will have a role in advancing and enhancing learning at the institution."
TCI serves more than 3,600 students with 14 academic degree programs that focus on technology, business, engineering, healthcare and other career paths. Its broad-based curricula offers industry current training at the associate's degree level and works with major New York City employers to develop programs that prepare students for the needs of today's business environment.
The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 3 million users across 6,000 campuses around the world. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from more than 300 of the world's top academic publishers is accessible to Bookshelf users anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices. Learn more about the VitalSource Bookshelf platform at www.vitalsource.com.
About TCI College of Technology
TCI is the second largest two-year private college in the New York Metropolitan area, serving over 3,600 students. For the past 12 years Community College Week has ranked TCI as one of the top 2 year colleges in America. In their most recent survey for the 2009-2010 academic year, TCI ranked in the top 10 in the nation among two-year institutions in the awarding of Associate Degrees in Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services, in Engineering Technologies & Engineering related fields and in Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Services.* TCI is accredited by both the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.** For more information visit tcicollege.edu
Ingram Content Group is a division of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music and media content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 25,000 publishers use Ingram's fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com