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IU eTexts initiative receives Learning Impact Award

Courseload, Inc. and IU were recently recognized as gold recipients in the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Learning Impact Awards. The Courseload-IU eTexts and digital course materials initiative received the Learning Impact Award for its use of technology in addressing the challenges faced by the global learning community. Courseload is an innovator in the aggregation, delivery and use of eTexts and digital course materials.

Courseload, Inc. and Indiana University were recently recognized as gold recipients in the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Learning Impact Awards. Representatives from Courseload and IU accepted the award at the IMS Global Learning Impact 2013 conference.

The Courseload-IU eTexts and digital course materials initiative received the Learning Impact Award for its use of technology in addressing the challenges faced by the global learning community. Courseload is an innovator in the aggregation, delivery and use of eTexts and digital course materials.

"Courseload at Indiana University provides a great example of the type of world-class innovation that the Learning Impact Awards were designed to recognize," said Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive officer of IMS Global. "The net result simultaneously improves access, affordability and quality of the educational experience at Indiana University."

The Courseload platform, which has been adopted on a broad scale at IU since 2011, is currently in use by over 10,000 students in more than 250 sections.

"We're very pleased to be recognized with Courseload for leading the way on this important initiative," said Anastasia Morrone, associate vice president for learning technologies at IU. "IU's strategy for devices respects students' choices in a rapidly evolving world, while Courseload's innovations — support on any device, real-time analytics for faculty, and accessible collaboration features for users of all abilities — enable IU to decrease student costs and improve teaching and learning."

IU's Courseload implementation creates the following benefits:

Improved access

  • Immediate access to all course materials using eTexts, so learning begins on day one
  • Access to all digital course materials for duration of student's enrollment at IU
  • Course materials and printing options readily available on any device with a modern web browser

Increased affordability

  • Incorporation of free or lower-cost open source materials and faculty-generated content
  • Aggregated demand creating the conditions for the lowest pricing for content

Improved quality of learning

  • Real-time engagement analytics with all text-based course materials
  • Instructor contextual guidance through annotations within the digital course materials, improving students' understanding
  • Collaborative tools that turn a passive reading experience into a more active process in which knowledge is co-constructed

"We're very pleased to be recognized with Indiana University for this award. From our pilots in 2009 to the present, Indiana University has been a valuable partner in helping Courseload to craft a cutting-edge solution," said John Falchi, Courseload senior vice president of academic and business partnerships. "We look forward to continuing our partnership and seeing even more improvements in affordability and student success through innovation and collaboration."

Learn more about the Courseload digital course materials platform at Indiana University: http://bit.ly/10Fr9Xe