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New Pearson deal expands eText catalog and discounts, adds digital learning tools

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University’s eText deal with learning company Pearson just got a whole lot better.

IU extended its contract with Pearson to provide IU faculty and students with access to thousands more titles at improved pricing. For the first time ever, IU’s Pearson deal also includes discounts on adaptive digital learning tools. Pearson signed on to IU’s eText initiative in 2012.

"IU’s deal with Pearson has been a cornerstone of our eText initiative that brings the best content and prices to IU students," said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer. "This deal vastly expands the Pearson catalog in time for spring semester orders for eTexts and makes available the company’s truly innovative digital learning tools that are valuable to IU’s educational mission."

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.

Pearson’s digital learning tools, MyLab & Mastering, are a collection of online homework, tutorial and assessment products designed using data-driven learning insights to help improve individual student performance in higher education. With input from more than 11 million student users annually, MyLab & Mastering create learning experiences that are personalized and adaptive.

Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Higher Education, Chris Shenk, said, "Our partnership with Indiana University demonstrates our commitment to providing affordable, high quality, digital learning content that improves student engagement and achievement in higher education."

Pearson PLC is one of the world's leading learning companies, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearson.com.

To learn more about IU’s eText initiative, see: http://go.iu.edu/fTA