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Students to benefit from IU's improved eText deal with McGraw-Hill Education

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Better prices, expanded offerings, and adaptive learning are at the heart of a new contract that Indiana University has signed with McGraw-Hill Education, one of the founding partners in IU’s pioneering eText initiative.

McGraw-Hill Education’s Higher Ed group and IU have worked to make digital learning materials affordable and accessible to students since 2011, when the pair inked their pioneering licensing and services agreement. With this expanded contract, McGraw-Hill Education will add its Connect®, SmartBook®, and other digital products to the IU eText initiative at a significant discount to students. The publisher’s eText pricing improves on IU’s industry-leading terms to further reduce the costs of digital course materials.

"IU is delighted to further enhance our partnership with McGraw-Hill Education in time for spring semester orders,” said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “This semester, over 17,000 IU students are saving on more than 35,000 digital course materials. This expanded deal with enhanced pricing again demonstrates the value of McGraw-Hill Education as a founding partner for eTexts at IU."

A year before Apple announced the iPad in 2011, IU eText pilots were already underway in an effort to enable faculty choice and student savings on digital course materials. Through IU’s program, students can get course materials and content delivered straight to their digital devices at a discount. Unlike paper textbooks, IU students can highlight, add notes and collaborate with their classmates and instructors through the Courseload Engage software that is integrated with IU's educational systems. Students can print their eTexts to any printer and access their materials for as long as they’re enrolled at IU.

The new suite of products is designed to improve student performance and retention through personalized adaptive learning experiences, while giving faculty advanced digital tools to enhance learning outcomes. The new deal also includes online simulations, tutors and labs that provide additional ways for students to learn.

"This agreement allows Indiana University and McGraw-Hill Education to strengthen their partnership in higher education," said Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. "Providing students with advanced digital tools, required class materials, and day one access at an affordable price is a highly successful model at Indiana University -- and one that McGraw-Hill Education hopes to emulate with other public institutions."

About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education partners with students, educators and administrators around the world to deliver engaging, adaptive and personalized solutions that improve performance and results. The company combines research-based content with emerging digital technologies to guide assessment, teaching and learning to achieve the best possible outcome for students, instructors and institutions.  McGraw-Hill Education employs more than 6,000 people in 44 countries and publishes in more than 60 languages.

To learn more about IU’s eText initiative, see: