VitalSource and edX Deliver Content to Millions of Students

29-Apr-2014

Nashville, TN – VitalSource Technologies, Inc., a global leader in building, enhancing and delivering e-learning content, today announced that edX, the nonprofit online learning initiative, has selected the VitalSource Bookshelf® e-textbook platform to distribute publisher content for its massive open online learning courses (MOOCs).

"EdX's mission is to educate the world and revolutionize the way people learn,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO. "This collaboration with VitalSource provides an additional tool for our students to work together no matter where in the world they may be.”

VitalSource will distribute e-textbook content from leading publishers to the millions of students who participate in edX courses annually. In a pilot of three participating courses offered by Harvard and MIT, tens of thousands of students collectively viewed more than 500,000 e-textbook pages delivered by VitalSource from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of content and content-enabled workflow solutions.

Through the integration of edX with the VitalSource Bookshelf® platform, students and educators can interact with course content seamlessly and can share notes and highlights with peers around the world. Publishers that make content available through edX can expand the reach of their content to the global education community.

“Developments in distance education through MOOCs are opening new doors to learning for people around the world, giving unprecedented access to college courses with the only prerequisite being internet access,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, VitalSource Technologies, Inc. “EdX shares our mission of improving learning experiences worldwide, and now more students will have access to first-class curriculum and content from the world’s leading professors and publishers. We are pleased to have a role with edX and this emerging education model."

EdX is a non-profit venture offering more than 170 free, open, online courses from 47 academic institutions, nonprofits, corporations, and international organizations worldwide.

The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education. It uses the latest technology to enhance the learning experience through e-textbooks and digital education. Content from hundreds of the world’s top academic publishers is available to VitalSource Bookshelf platform users, including those living with disabilities, on a variety of operating systems and devices. More than 6.5 million e-textbooks were delivered by VitalSource in 2013, and recently, Ingram expanded its digital textbook offer with the acquisition of CourseSmart. For more information about VitalSource Technologies, visit www.vitalsource.com.

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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.