Some of the biggest names in higher education publications including Bedford and McGraw-Hill Education came together to establish a privately held company CourseSmart in 2007. The company started with guidance to teachers on textbooks aimed at providing students with reliable sources to complete higher education programs. By 2008, nearly 30,000 teachers took advantage of the excellent evaluation services. It was the turn of students to access textbooks. The company created digital textbooks and course materials for them to access at 60% off retail costs. The company was among the first in the industry to launch an iPhone app compatible its library. The Android app was enabled in 2011. Vital Source Technologies, Inc., part of the Ingram Content Group, acquired the company in 2014. Combining resources with an e-learning delivery world leader, students and teachers located in the US, Canada, UK, Middle East, Africa, and other geographical locations have direct access to the course materials and etextbooks.
CourseSmart combines educational resources through digital course materials helping both students and instructors arrive at the ideal course material for a specific higher education program at low cost. Nearly 90% of all textbooks popularly used for students are covered. Access to course materials from any location and browser was enabled right from the start. It replaced the process of teachers having to wait endlessly for review text books to arrive at a physical location. The College Board indicated students spent around $ 1,200 on textbooks and related supplies to assemble a year’s course material. The company initiated a flat subscription fee for students for an entire year in 2013. Several partnerships are in place. The Faculty Instant Access Program is accessed by Arizona State University. An arrangement with the University of Michigan allows students in to access etextbooks at workspaces in real time. Students have a powerful search facility at their disposal through the entire etextbook stack. Notes can be directly taken during a reading session within the textbook.
What makes CourseSmart unique?
CourseSmart is recognized as a world leader in digital course materials and is constantly in increasing scope of adding new titles released by major publishers and recommended by experts across the country. It has already saved over $100 million for students in educational course material costs. Tools are constantly updated to help publishers create media-rich content of interest to students. 3-D models, embedded video, and other useful functions are enabled with the help of HTML 5 and EPUB 3.0. Features such as cTools and Campus Learning Management System are integrated within the system. The structure complies with IMS global learning Consortium standards set for digital educational content.