Yesterday was the last user group meeting of the semester. We heard from two representatives from CourseSmart. CourseSmart is an e-textbook and digital course material provider. They have relationships with many of the major book publishers. So one of the initial major benefits here is it allows students and faculty to utilize e-texts and go paperless which is always a good thing.
Another benefit is it allows for you to have the content at your fingertips essentially at anytime on your device(s). The best part is you can even access items to review offline which is a real plus. Their product is optimized for mobile viewing which is obviously the trend we are moving towards in higher education. The features are really great and include such things as easy copy/paste to retain as notes, highlighting and making notes, bookmarking, as well as sharing notes to name a few. There is also a full assortment of teacher material which you may recognize as “exam” copies. And if they don’t have the book you want, let them know and they will try to acquire it. They have various pricing models and are currently working with other University’s with a successful subscription based model. They also have a new analytic tool which has promise. Please check them out here:
The integration with Blackboard is seamless and very easy which is vital in introducing a new tool since Blackboard is the lynchpin for many Professors, Students and their courses. Please click on the link below for a demo with further information about CourseSmart, Blackboard integration, etc:
Did I mention that they have 24/7/365 support? This is a huge plus and something I see many users really taking advantage of. And their customer support speed and efficiency is top notch: 98% of issues are resolved within 24 hours & 90% of issues are resolved during first contact.
Please check out the links above and feel free to contact us with any questions about CourseSmart; we can answer them or put you in touch with the representatives who can.
Since today was our last meeting of 2013 we just wanted to thank everyone for another great semester. We hope this user group continues to grow and we hope the meetings were both informative and interesting. If you have any ideas for future meetings please feel free to share them with us. Be on the lookout for Spring 2014 dates for our meetings.
We wish you a Happy Holiday season and we will see you in 2014!