BOURNEMOUTH, England, August 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Kortext, the UK's leading personalised etextbook company and OpenStax, a non-profit ed-tech initiative that provides free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks to millions of students in the U.S., have partnered to provide 23 OpenStax titles in the Kortext library, increasing the number of accessible STEM titles available for universities worldwide.
The partnership will connect the UK's leading etextbook platform with one of the biggest open access educational repositories in the U.S. in order to contribute to closing the growing "STEM skills gap". This has become an area of keen interest for UK universities and investment for the UK government (based on report 151, conducted by the Science and Technology Committee for the House of Commons 2017).
It is the hope that by adding more quality educational STEM content to the platform, Kortext will endeavor to provide more support and variety to students. This will also enable universities to target content from specific subject areas and increase the variety of STEM subject resources.
Yaz El Hakim, Director of Education Strategy at Kortext said 'Kortext are delighted to announce our new partnership with OpenStax! We believe it will allow all students utilising our personal learning platform to further improve their experience by increasing access to high-quality, digital learning resources. OpenStax and other publishers continue to respond to rising demand from the HE sector for high-quality digital content provided through the platform that offers the best user experience.'
"OpenStax is excited to partner with Kortext to bring more affordable digital resources to students in the UK," said Daniel Williamson, managing director for OpenStax. "By partnering with organisations like Kortext that prioritise universal digital access, instructors and students can easily discover the latest OpenStax resources alongside traditional texts."
OpenStax is committed to improving access to quality learning materials. As a nonprofit ed tech initiative that is part of Rice University and supported by philanthropic foundations, OpenStax provides free foundational textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators. For information, visit http://openstax.org.
Kortext is the UK's leading digital textbook solution providing enhanced access and student engagement to over 500,000 digital textbooks from over 850 publishers, including Pearson, McGraw Hill and Wiley. Universities in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, use Kortext to deliver digital textbook and learning resources, and are able to utilise learning analytics that the platform provides to support better student outcomes and provide an enhanced learning experience.