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Thomas Edison State University Spotlight: A Shared Vision to Increase the Value of Educational Content
By Mark Christensen

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Creating content that supports learning is no easy task. There is an abundance of emerging content options out there, and offering students and instructional staff a wider, more advanced selection supports your institution’s mission: provide engaging and affordable course materials to meet your students’ needs. It’s a big job.

Here at Ed Map, we understand it’s a heavy lift. And so does Matt Cooper, Associate Provost, at Thomas Edison State University’s Center for Learning and Technology. As one of the first schools in the country designed specifically for adult learners, the University continues to cater to the market by offering up to 70 fresh online courses with five different modality types with new terms starting every month. It’s a busy and demanding academic year.

Matt’s limited staff was working at capacity to meet the needs of current courses. Academic program staff were seeking new resources and materials. They wanted to take advantage of every possible opportunity for their students. Implementing previously used and unaligned content was not an option. Staying successful required content expertise, time, and resources.

Matt turned to CURATE by Ed Map™ a consultative course materials service to help him, and his team navigate the multiverse of Open Educational Resources (OER) and find the high-quality, low-cost materials his students and faculty expected. The partnership aligned resources, met the timetable, and accomplished his goal.

“We want to make sure we give our students a diversity of resources that are engaging and current and go beyond just text,” said Matt, adding “CURATE by Ed Map™ accomplished this while also locating affordable, learning-aligned content.”

In the spirit of sharing, we encourage you to take a moment and read Thomas Edison State University spotlight story and learn from Matt’s experience. From discovering 21st-century content, shaping the learning experience, to offering affordable course materials!

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Mark Christensen

Mark Christensen
Director of Marketing

Mark Christensen has worked in K–12 and higher education in various roles throughout his career from classroom teacher to school administrator to marketing communications. He currently works with Ed Map, helping institutions navigate today’s dynamic and changing content landscape. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier University and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.

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