Bringing course content into the 21st century - Advantages of digital textbooks
Laurier launches new digital course initiative
Over the past academic year, Laurier has been exploring a new teaching and learning model designed to improve access to learning materials, reduce costs of content and enhance student achievement.
Through the Inclusive Access model, students will receive the required learning materials for their course in a digital, rather than print, format on the first day of class at a significant cost discount.
How it got started
In September 2015, Laurier launched its inaugural pilot program for five courses spanning both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Since these free pilots were a success, seven new courses were offered in the winter term. In the 2015-2016 year, over 960 students and 12 faculty participated in this new program, and have received great feedback. Some of the students’ feedback included:
For a list of faculty and courses that have participated in the pilot program.
Dr. Noam Miller, Assistant Professor, Psychology (Waterloo Campus)
Dr. Sybil Geldart, Associate Professor, Psychology (Brantford Campus)
What is Digital Textbook Access?
Digital Textbook Access is a digital delivery model that provides your students with instant access to all publisher resources required for your course. Delivered through an e-reader platform and embedded into Laurier’s MyLearningSpace, students will be able to easily access their material and get started on assigned readings on THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS!
What are the benefits to your students?
What are the benefits to the instructor?
If you would like more information about the Digital Textbook Access model feel free to contact Paul Cosentino (email@example.com EXT. 3375) or Tina Macpherson (firstname.lastname@example.org EXT. 3204) on the Waterloo campus or Jocelyn Jacob (email@example.com EXT. 5608) on the Brantford campus for further information
Additional resources about digital textbooks
The Digital Textbook Access program is a new textbook model in collaboration with leading publishers that converts textbooks into digital content.
If you are enrolled in a Digital Textbook Access class and choose to purchase the digital content, this will lower the cost for the entire class. On average, you will save 47% off the price of a hard copy textbook and 30% off the price of a digital kit (e-text + e-tools). The etools offer many interactive learning platforms to help you succeed in your studies.
Wilfrid Laurier University has been known for academic excellence for more than 104 years. Since our students’ success is important to us, Laurier has been exploring a new teaching and learning model designed to improve access to learning materials, reduce costs of content and enhance student achievement.
Within your course, click on the ‘Resources’ link at the top of the page, then on ‘Content’. On the content page, click on the ‘Academic Resources (etext)’ link on the left-hand side of the page. Within this module, click on the textbook title to get access to the etext.
You will be able to access your digital textbook on the first day of class.
Texidium is a cloud-based eReader designed with the student learning experience in mind, addressing high standards of accessibility and available on all popular platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Web).
Equipped with device syncing, highlighting, note-taking, bookmarking and sharing functionality, the eReader provides a seamless user experience on and offline that will foster collaboration and improve communication between students and faculty. For more information on how to use Texidium, visit http://texidium.com/ereader/help/
All enrolled students who have not opted out of the program or dropped the course will have the digital materials charged directly to their student account. If you have any questions about your student account or fees please contact Service Laurier firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you opt out of the digital textbook access you will no longer have access to the both the e-text and the e-tools component via mylearning space. If you would prefer to purchase a print version of the textbook please email email@example.com. Students who drop the course before the drop deadline will automatically be opted out and will not be charged.
Yes, all students enrolled in the class will have access to the digital textbook access. Students can use the content free of charge during the add/drop period prior to being billed.