Globe University Now Offers Students More Ways to Learn with VitalSource Bookshelf® Platform

22-May-2013

Nashville, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced that Globe University, a comprehensive system of career colleges, universities and training centers that includes Broadview University and Minnesota School of Business, has selected its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform to launch e-learning solutions to educators and students throughout the Globe University system.

“Connecting our students and faculty to e-textbooks and interactive learning tools is a key strategy for Globe University,” said Shana Weiss, Academic Dean with Globe University. “We want to transform how our students learn, engage, connect and apply the skills they learn in the classroom to match those needed within the workplace. We are confident that the Vital Source Bookshelf platform will provide our academic community with robust tools and e-textbook options to enhance the learning experience at our institution."

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standards, a widely-used global technical standard for educational applications, provided a quick and secure way to integrate the innovative content and learning applications of the VitalSource Bookshelf platform into Globe University's curriculum and learning management system Blackboard Learn™.

Through the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, Globe University students and faculty will have the flexibility to access e-textbooks through Blackboard Learn, and content can be used online and offline on a variety of operating systems and devices. Students can make notes, highlights, and annotations in their e-textbooks, all of which automatically sync across devices, and can also share and subscribe to notes and highlights from their peers.

“Through the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, Globe University will help more students and educators experience the newest interactive e-textbooks and learning tools that are in demand today,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to support Globe University in their efforts to make e-textbooks available to all that want them."

Globe University is a nationally accredited college and a member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The university provides its students with the resources associated with a large university, while each of its 17 campuses provides a supportive, small-college experience. Its degree programs prepare students for careers in business, accounting, medical assisting, veterinary technology, information technology, paralegal services, multimedia and other professions. The institution grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees and technical diplomas.

The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 3 million users across 6,000 campuses around the world. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from more than 300 of the world’s top academic publishers is accessible to Bookshelf users anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices. Learn more about the VitalSource Bookshelf platform at www.vitalsource.com.

About Globe University
Globe University is part of a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. Programs offer undergraduate, diploma and graduate degrees in a wide range of career fields, including business and accounting, health sciences, legal sciences, technology, creative media and applied arts. More than 30 programs are available online. All academic programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). For more information, visit http://www.globeuniversity.edu.

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.