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Free eBooks at
Middlesex University
Matthew Lawson &
Paul Howell
© Middlesex University
Student expectations
| 2
Library resources are insufficient: …… It can be hard
to get hold of books...
© Middlesex University
Keep taking the tablets
© Middlesex University
Strategy
…….the vision for the project is simple: students
will have the essential book provided fo...
© Middlesex University
Choosing a supplier
• Publisher-independent platform
• Offer a negotiation service with
publishers
...
© Middlesex University
Partnership
© Middlesex University
Which modules are running?
© Middlesex University
Choose a book, any book
http://www.fotocommunity.com/pc/pc/display/22077920
© Middlesex University
VLE Access
© Middlesex University
Bookshelf
© Middlesex University
Online store
© Middlesex University
Promotion & support
© Middlesex University |
Usage Statistics…So far
Number of students in the pilot 4,995
Number of modules in the pilot 539
...
© Middlesex University
Students’ Feedback
Presentation title | 14
‘A big thank you
for the free online
books this year’
‘S...
© Middlesex University
Academics’ Feedback
Presentation title | 15
‘Amazing! Can my
students have more
than one Kortext fo...
© Middlesex University
Any questions?
Matthew Lawson: m.lawson@mdx.ac.uk
Head of Library & Learner Development
Paul Howell...
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  1. 1. Free eBooks at Middlesex University Matthew Lawson & Paul Howell
  2. 2. © Middlesex University Student expectations | 2 Library resources are insufficient: …… It can be hard to get hold of books that appear on reading lists as there are only 1 or 2 copies … NSS 2011 – free text comments
  3. 3. © Middlesex University Keep taking the tablets
  4. 4. © Middlesex University Strategy …….the vision for the project is simple: students will have the essential book provided for each module. This saves them time and money and means their tutor knows that they have access to key materials
  5. 5. © Middlesex University Choosing a supplier • Publisher-independent platform • Offer a negotiation service with publishers • Accessible online and offline from any location • Integration with the VLE • Licence covers overseas campuses
  6. 6. © Middlesex University Partnership
  7. 7. © Middlesex University Which modules are running?
  8. 8. © Middlesex University Choose a book, any book http://www.fotocommunity.com/pc/pc/display/22077920
  9. 9. © Middlesex University VLE Access
  10. 10. © Middlesex University Bookshelf
  11. 11. © Middlesex University Online store
  12. 12. © Middlesex University Promotion & support
  13. 13. © Middlesex University | Usage Statistics…So far Number of students in the pilot 4,995 Number of modules in the pilot 539 Number of eTextbook titles in the pilot 344 Number of eTextbook copies provided 14,995 % of activated accounts (students who have accessed their books) 85%
  14. 14. © Middlesex University Students’ Feedback Presentation title | 14 ‘A big thank you for the free online books this year’ ‘Students like this method of making study books available, especially for multiple devices’ ‘I Love Kortext. It means not spending crazy money on books’ ‘I downloaded it and it’s there… whenever I need it’ ‘It makes such a difference having the essential reading online’ ‘This is a great scheme. I wish we’d had it earlier in our course’ ‘I have been showing off to my friends at other universities about the free books and free printing that the Library provides for us at Middlesex’ ‘Kortext is great’
  15. 15. © Middlesex University Academics’ Feedback Presentation title | 15 ‘Amazing! Can my students have more than one Kortext for my module?’ ‘Can Kortext include the homework / learning tools now provided by publishers?’ ‘Can the students on my module at our overseas campuses also have the Kortext book?’ ‘Can Kortext be used to monitor student usage?’ ‘Why are some books not available via Kortext?’ ‘Can my students have print books instead?’ ‘Can I have a customised book putting together selected chapters from books from different publishers?’ ‘Kortext is great’ ‘Why don’t the publishers give us better discounts?’
  16. 16. © Middlesex University Any questions? Matthew Lawson: m.lawson@mdx.ac.uk Head of Library & Learner Development Paul Howell: p.howell@mdx.ac.uk eBooks Project Officer

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