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Recap: Digital Learning Materials & University Presses

The demand for enhanced, interactive digital learning materials from the realm of higher education—students, teachers, and admins—is gaining more momentum every day. In our most recent #Built4UP (formerly #BuildUP) Twitter chat, Andy Cagle and Paget Hetherington from VitalSource discussed how their wide range of services can help university presses capitalize on the transition to digital course materials to achieve greater levels of success and sustainability.

For your convenience, you can find the entire VitalSource Twitter Chat transcript below.

Good morning! Paget and Andy from @vitalsource here to take your questions and talk all things digital learning in #highered #Built4UPs

Q1: Hey Andy and Paget! What are the @VitalSource services? #Built4UPs

A1: more than e-texts. We help create & manage digital content that enhances student learning. Then we analyze that learning services. #Built4UPs

Q2: So what can university presses do with @VitalSource? #Built4UPs

A2: Publishing is changing. We can help with concept, design, development and management of digital, interactive content #Built4UPs

Q3: Are we talking enhanced ebooks? #Built4UPs

Q4: Do you work with any publishers on app development? #Built4UPs #highered

A4: Bookshelf app is available on all devices, eliminating need for separate apps. Gives students consistent UI across texts #Built4UPs

Q5: How can university presses sell more textbooks or supplemental texts? #Built4UPs #highered

A5: Through more affordable e-texts. Course materials in more formats. Also, working with college using @VitalSource content studio to create targeted/specific content. #Built4UPs

Q6: Hey Andy and Paget, can @VitalSource help UPs distribute exam/desk copies to professors? #Built4UPs

A6: We have a sampling platform that allows professors to request exam/desk copies from all publishers in one place using digital exam/desk copies prevents books from ending up in the used book market. #Built4UPs

Q7: How do professors use @vitalsource? #Built4UPs

A7: Bookshelf is an affordable and accessible way to deliver course materials. Make it easier for students, which professors love. Bookshelf GPS allows professors to monitor student progress through adaptive, interactive learning tools. Fun Fact: GPS stands for Guided Personalized Success #Built4UPs

A big thanks to everyone who joined us for our #Built4UPs chat today. Visit us at or find us @vitalsource

Ingram Academic Service’s monthly Twitter chats are a great way to keep up with the most relevant best-practices impacting university presses and academic publishers today, plus, an excellent opportunity to get real-time feedback from our team of UP pros. Keep a lookout for our next round upcoming #Built4UPs Twitter chats and have your questions ready.

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