August 9, 2018 -- Boston, MA. VitalSource announced today it will simplify courseware integrations by removing barriers to access for students and instructors and streamlining administrative setup for institutions.
Beginning this month, VitalSource will pilot these new integrations with Pearson, the largest higher education publisher in North America, offering seamless access to MyLabs, Mastering, and Revel courseware products for students and instructors via a single integration.
"Ensuring course materials are affordable and accessible for students is our driving focus at VitalSource. Making it easier for students to get their materials is just common sense," said Dr. Michael Hale, VitalSource Vice President of Education. "VitalSource is leading the marketplace by removing friction and simplifying the process for students, instructors, college stores, campus IT and publishers. Above all else, we want to help students succeed, and this partnership with Pearson is an important step toward this goal."
Courseware integrations within learning management systems (LMS) can be time consuming for campus technology and publishers. The student and instructor experience often involves cumbersome access codes and course keys that present a variety of customer challenges that can prevent day-one access to required learning materials.
The integrations announced today will eliminate access codes and course keys, making it easier for students to obtain the content required for academic success.
In addition, the new VitalSource-powered integrations will:
- Remove the need for instructors to serve as tech support for students;
- Eliminate four to six weeks of integration work between institutions and publishers; and
- Allow Pearson to focus on developing quality content, not cumbersome technological integrations.
These courseware integrations will leverage VitalSource's significant capabilities for deep-linking and grade sync from courseware products back to the LMS.
"By seamlessly integrating Pearson's Inclusive Access program into an institution's existing channel partners, we are removing another barrier for students to get the course materials they need to succeed, on the first day of class and at affordable prices," said John Tweeddale, Senior Vice President, Higher Education Services at Pearson. "VitalSource has played a key role in delivering our world class content for many years, and as a partner on this new integration, they will allow us to scale up our programs more efficiently and more quickly than ever before."
VitalSource has delivered 3 million products from more than 1,800 publisher partners to more than 25 million users. The company's efforts to simplify the course materials experience was recently highlighted in the IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual report:
VitalSource leverages many IMS Global standards; their largest adoption by far is Learning Tools Interoperability, which provides the foundation for a seamless single sign-on and content provisioning experience for users launching from an LMS to learning tools such as Bookshelf. [These] integrations save time, effort, and headache, and allow schools, educators, and technology partners to focus on what is really important—teaching and learning.
VitalSource users have viewed 3.3 billion pages, completed 470 million study sessions, and made 238 million notes and highlights in the last year alone.
VitalSource Technologies LLC, part of Ingram Content Group, is improving the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable content. The preferred choice among educational institutions and companies for digital learning materials, VitalSource helps over 1,000 educational content providers create and deliver seamless interactive learning experiences through its exclusive Bookshelf platform to millions of learners at 7,000 institutions. Bookshelf users opened more than 20 million digital textbooks last year and read more than 3.3 billion pages. Follow VitalSource on Twitter at @VitalSource.