CourseSmart Launches Pilot With Iowa Community College Online Consortium

Partnership will expand accessibility, help increase retention across ICCOC's seven campuses

Nov 01, 2012, 09:00 ET from Kwittken and Company

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SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CourseSmart®, a leading Educational Services Platform and the world's largest provider of digital course materials, today announced a new pilot program with the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) to integrate digital course materials within their Pearson eCollege Learning Management System (LMS). The pilot, which will be offered to more than 200 students across multiple disciplines, will be available on all seven of ICCOC's campuses during the Spring 2013 semester.

"CourseSmart is pleased to partner with ICCOC in our common goal of providing students, faculty and institutions with the best possible online learning experience through eTextbooks and digital course materials," said Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart.  "Students in selected courses across ICCOC will now be able to experience the convenience and unmatched efficiencies that LMS-integrated digital textbooks provide, on the first day of class."

Through CourseSmart's platform, ICCOC students will have access to textbooks and digital tools that will enhance their learning experience and encourage further engagement. These benefits include:

  • Access to the world's largest selection of eTextbooks and other digital course materials, including more than 30,000 titles from 40 publishers
  • eTextbooks and eResources that are accessible online and offline to all students, including those with print related disabilities
  • Easy navigation with note taking, search, copy/paste and highlight features
  • CourseSmart eTextbooks are device agnostic, supported by any web-enabled device
  • CourseSmart offers the ability for students to print any pages they need from their eTextbooks

"As a dedicated provider of quality educational opportunities to online students, we immediately saw the value in offering eTextbooks to our students as a way to save money and enhance their learning experience," said Theresa Zeigler, Director of Distance Education and Global Learning at Iowa Lakes Community College and Interim Director of ICCOC.  "CourseSmart's large catalog of digital course materials, strong technical and process expertise, and flexible business models met ICCOC's rigorous standards for our digital strategy."

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About CourseSmart®
CourseSmart is a leading Educational Services Platform and the only provider of digital course materials able to combine curriculum, content and delivery into a single solution.  Founded in 2007, the San Mateo, Calif.-based company provides services to four business segments: online direct retail for students; indirect distribution of course materials to students through bookstores; online faculty textbook evaluation services; and institutional solutions for faculty and students that are integrated within campus technology ecosystems. CourseSmart improves the educational experience by offering all users, including those with print-related disabilities, any-time, anywhere access to the course content they need.  With more than 90% of the same core titles offered by major print publishers, the company's eTextbooks can be purchased for up to 60% less than the cost of new print textbooks. For more information about CourseSmart, visit the company's Web site at

The Iowa Community College Online Consortium is a voluntary, self-sustained online learning partnership between seven Iowa Community Colleges, which are: Eastern Iowa Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College. The ICCOC combines the expertise and resources of each consortium member to provide all ICCOC students with innovative lifelong online learning opportunities. 

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