Kaplan University Selects VitalSource E-Textbook Solution for Online Education Program


Allows for one-click access and analytic tools to drive better outcomes and engagement for students and faculty

DAVENPORT, IOWA and NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced that it has selected VitalSource Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution and its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform to support the University’s online learning programs nationwide.

“We spoke with many e-textbook providers as we explored new options to support our dynamic online learning environment," said Kaplan University Provost Dr. Betty Vandenbosch. "VitalSource's institutional e-book delivery experience, publisher relationships, ease of integration and flexible e-textbook platform serves our faculty and students very well."

Using the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, students and faculty have one-click access to e-textbooks within their course environment with options to download content and use it online and offline on a variety of device types including Mac®, Windows®, iPad®, Kindle Fire® and Android™. Regardless of the content option used, all work, including notes, highlights and annotations, will automatically sync across devices.

Kaplan University and its instructors will also benefit from the platform’s full suite of accessibility features and rich analytic tools, which allow faculty to view individual and aggregate class engagement data and use it to manage successful learning outcomes.

"Kaplan University was looking for a comprehensive e-textbook solution to meet the needs of their faculty and students across a spectrum of undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional education programs," said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, VitalSource Technologies, Inc. "We are pleased that our VitalSource Bookshelf platform has a role in advancing and enhancing learning for students and educators throughout Kaplan University."

After an exhaustive user needs analysis and year-long pilot, VitalSource was ultimately selected to support the needs of Kaplan based on results of the study, which evaluated factors such as user satisfaction, successful student outcomes, a fully-integrated support structure including helpdesk support and a solid future technology roadmap.

Vandenbosch added, "The VitalSource Bookshelf platform exceeded our expectations and excelled in our pilot program.”

The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with more than 4 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 500 of the world’s top academic publishers is accessible to VitalSource Bookshelf users anytime, anywhere, and on a variety of operating systems and devices. For more information about VitalSource Technologies, visit www.vitalsource.com.

The migration of all Kaplan University students to the new platform is expected to be complete by Spring 2014.

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 49,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 67,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.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.