NASHVILLE, TN Ė Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's leading e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, today announced that New York University's College of Dentistry has selected Vital Source for its innovative digital learning curriculum. Working together for a decade, the university has renewed its relationship with Vital Source for a new contract period.
"Vital Source has always been responsive to the needs of both our faculty and students and has enhanced and grown their e-textbook platform to meet the digital content requirements of our institution," said Dr. Andrew Spielman, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Dentistry. "As one of the first dental schools to move to an all-digital curriculum, the range and depth of interactive learning materials we provide our students through the Vital Source program has helped us earn our reputation as one of the leading dental schools in the country."
Dr. Spielman continued, "The VitalSource platform is an integral part of our teaching curriculum at NYU's College of Dentistry and renewing our work with an educational e-content leader such as Vital Source was an easy decision."
The New York University College of Dentistry began its work with Vital Source in 2001. The university directs all students in their program to use the VitalSource platform for all course materials including e-textbooks, interactive course materials, lectures, and other links to additional educational resources. Using the platform, students and educators at NYU's College of Dentistry can access content via download, online or mobile options including popular iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices. Users can take and share notes and data with colleagues and highlight and annotate relevant items within the content they are working.
"It is a pleasure working with NYU's School of Dentistry - our collaborative approach to enhancing the learning experiences of students is a huge win for NYU's students, faculty and the industry overall," said Kent Freeman, President, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. "At Vital Source, we are focused on helping publishers and institutions make content available in the forms that a student desires and we look forward to continuing our work with NYU, providing the finest enhanced content from the world's leading publishers to the school's learning community."
Vital Source is the largest e-textbook distribution company in use today, with 1.6 million registered users and a presence on 6,000 campuses in 180 countries. The VitalSource platform is the preferred platform for dental schools in North America and Canada. Other dental schools that have integrated the VitalSource platform into their curriculums include Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Howard University College of Dentistry, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, University of Texas San Antonio Dental School, University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, University of Alberta Dental School, University of Manitoba School of Dentistry and many others.
The renewal of NYU School of Dentistry's agreement with Vital Source follows the recent June 2011 acquisition of VPG Integrated Media, a leading developer of award-winning enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects and e-whiteboard content, and state-of-the-art video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers. Together, VPG and Vital Source create an unmatched e-textbook offering that meets the demands of publishers, educators, and students in this new era of learning opportunities.
About New York University College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the U.S., educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school. For more information visit http://www.nyu.edu/dental/
Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, 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