Streaming video is huge in my academic library, so it’s nice to see innovation and awards in the library/information community for this area.Â There is quite an esteemed list of previous Telly winners so congrats to Ingram.
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that Vital Source Technologies, Inc. has been awarded two Telly Awards for their innovative work in educational video production.Â The prestigious Telly Award honors the finest video and film productions, outstanding cable TV commercials and programs and online commercials, video and films.
â€œThe Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,â€ said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.Â â€œVital Sourceâ€™s winning videos illustrate their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.â€ Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source receives Telly awards for educational video production
From an Ingram Press Release on March 12, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Groupâ€™s leading e-textbook solution, and Taylor & Francis, a global publisher of quality academic books, journals & online reference content, today announced an innovative product alliance, Routledge Interactive. This collaborative e-textbook initiative gives the education community greater control over their learning experience through media-rich interactive content.
Continue reading Ingram and Taylor & Francis partner on Routledge Interactive, an e-textbook initiative
Just received this press release from Ingram about textbooks.Â I can’t help but wonder if this will be the future of textbooks – wrapped in a course fee so that all students have access to the course materials. Coventry is providing these materials at no cost to students for their first year.Â No word on what the upper level course fees will be.
Coventry University and Ingram collaborate on innovative textbook program for students
RINGWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM â€“ To ensure undergraduates get the best value for their money, first year students at Coventry University will have core textbooks and materials provided as part of their course fees in 2012 and 2013 through an innovative program developed between Coventry University and Ingram Content Group’s UK library supply company.
â€œThe higher education system is undergoing unprecedented change, and this collaboration with Ingram demonstrates how weâ€™re adapting to the developments so that the focus remains on whatâ€™s best for our students,â€ said Philip Vaughan, Assistant Director of Learning and Research at Coventry University. â€œCoventry prides itself on being an innovative university, and initiatives like this are exactly the kind of innovations which places of learning should be embracing as the education landscape evolves and studentsâ€™ expectations change.â€ Continue reading Ingram and Coventry University collaborate on textbook program
From an Ingram Press Release:
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Groupâ€™s leading e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, today announced that sixty new publishers have added more than 35,000 new digital textbooks and online course materials to its VitalSource BookshelfÂ® platform.
“The students of today are using technology to their advantage, and we are experiencing significant growth in the number of publisher, institutional, and reseller customers using the VitalSource Bookshelf platform,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. “We will continue to nurture our publisher relationships and expand and diversify our title selection to provide the digital content that’s in demand by students and educators worldwide.”Â Continue reading 35,000 new digital items from 60 publishers added to Ingram’s VitalSource
I’m really disappointed to hear news from Flat World Knowledge that they will no longer be able to offer a free version of their textbooks. According to an email message sent to faculty, “As the transition to digital has changed student buying trends, one thing has become clear: the free format has become a barrier to our long-term growth and ability to offer a fair and affordable model that works for all our customers, from individual students and instructors to our institutional partners. A change is necessary.”
The full story is posted on the Flat World Knowledge site:Â http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/free2fair
Comments and questions?Â Also from the website:Â ” The decision to no longer offer free access did not come lightly. Some of you will be disappointed, and we understand. If you have questions, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @flat_world and include #free2fair. We are ready to listen and respond.”
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Farmington Hills, Mich., May 31, 2012 â€” Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced Classroom in Context (CLiC), a curriculum-based family of resources designed to supplement textbooks and enhance learning with authoritative, media-rich content from Galeâ€™s award-winning In Context product suite. Continue reading Gale releases new Classroom in Context resources to supplement textbooks
A very interesting development at the University of Minnesota was discussed in an article found at Inside Higher Ed.Â Here’s a clip from the article:Â Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they wonâ€™t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted open-source texts will also receive $500, with all of the money coming from donor funds.
From an Ingram Press Release:Â As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the AndroidÂ® operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSourceÂ®, the most-used e-textbook platform in the industry today announced the expansion of its mobile footprint with the addition of an e-textbook app for Android.
â€œWe are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,â€ said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc. â€œAs a result, more content from the leaders in education publishing will reach more readers worldwide. Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.â€ Continue reading Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform