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Has there been any communication with VitalSource about accessibility (from an assistive technology perspective) of the VitalSource formats? Other schools report significant problems with the accessibility decisions VitalSource makes for students with disabilities using AT.
This thread has been very useful and eye0opening. Thanks to the contributers for all their responses!
Kimberley J. Smith
Disabilities Resource Center
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Santa Fe College
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At UF we have partnered with our bookstore, Follett for our inclusive access program. The eTexts that are not part of a homework system are delivered through VitalSource which is branded as BryteWave. Both VitalSource and our bookstore have told us that they will support OER in the platform, however there would be a cost for that. We have not yet managed to get anyone interested in using OER within that platform.
I think that there will be interest in the EBSCO Curriculum Builder which will pull materials into Canvas. The tool has not yet been implemented at our institution but is coming soon.
We have borrowed a badge initiative from Florida International University (Affordability Counts). We are calling our initiative Affordable UF, and even with a soft roll out, we are getting significant interest from faculty. The program is helping us to raise awareness, clarify what we mean by “affordable” and to identify courses using low- or no-cost materials. We’ve already had a few faculty mention that they will look into lower cost materials in order to qualify for the badge.
Director, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence
University of Florida
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Are any of you using commercial (e.g., VitalSource Bookshelf) or semi-commercial integrations (e.g., Lumen Learning) to deliver OER materials through your LMS? We have been doing Inclusive Access for a while now, but are just getting going with OER textbooks, and am wondering about providing access to them and related materials through Canvas. I know this can add cost, so I am wondering how faculty and students react to this and which integrations are popular with them? Also, we have a fair amount of confusion here between Open and Affordable (total cost of texts under $40 by our definition) textbooks? Has anyone had much success in fighting that confusion once it takes hold, and, if so, how?
Guy Wilson | Technology Resource Coordinator
Educational Technologies at Missouri | University of Missouri-Columbia
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