NELSONVILLE, Ohio, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS), in Northfield, VT, has partnered with Ed Map, Inc. to provide its online students with course materials services. This decision is another validation of Ed Map's ongoing development of its product roadmap and its customer service focus, as well as Ed Map's pioneering Platform as a Service (PaaS) business model. The College, which provides all online students with course materials by the first day of class, will be utilizing the All-In Model by Ed Map (AIM) product.
"Ed Map is an organization that views itself as our partner in what they do," CGCS Associate Dean Debra Wick said. "Importantly, Ed Map's holistic approach to course materials closely aligns with our business model and philosophy of student support. With Ed Map we'll be able to streamline the delivery of content to impact student success outcomes and student retention.
"We were also impressed with their 'digital first' thought leadership and experience," she adds. "They are well positioned to help us succeed in migrating to a more robust adoption of digital materials, understanding the importance of this migration to the student experience."
Wick noted that they were initially surprised by Ed Map's PaaS model. "Starting our Request for Proposals (RFP) process we had essentially assumed we'd be continuing to use the traditional mark-up model because we didn't know there was an alternative way of doing business. Ed Map's model, which does not mark up the cost of content, really made sense to us and will result in savings for our students – especially as we increase our digital options," Wick notes.
By using Ed Map's AIM product – powered by their OPENVUE® course materials platform, and their support services, the College will ensure that all online students have all course materials by the start of classes, while complying with the changes to the DOE's Program Integrity Rules. Ed Map's PaaS model and affordability initiatives facilitate compliance with the new requirement for colleges and universities to ensure that course materials provided to students are below competitive market rates.
"We have great respect for the student-focused approach that Norwich takes to fulfilling their mission, and we're excited to help them ensure that their course materials are in line with those values," says Kerry Pigman, Ed Map's President and COO.
Wick adds, "We are looking forward to our partnership with Ed Map. Providing all students with affordable course materials is important to us, and now we are in a position to further reduce costs and improve our online students' experience through the exploration of digital and other low-cost materials."
About Ed Map Ed Map is a content strategy and logistics company. Through its people and technology Ed Map simplifies the discovery, adoption, management, and delivery of quality educational content that allows institutions to help lower the cost of education and improve outcomes. Ed Map makes it convenient and economically attractive for institutions to support student acquisition of course materials. Expert advisory services and outstanding customer service complement its OPENVUE® comprehensive technology platform. For more information, please visit http://www.edmap.com/.
About Norwich University Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu
Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution's 197-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master's degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor's degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction, and retention. online.norwich.edu
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