Press Release: Ed Map and OpenStax Join Forces to Provide Higher Ed Institutions With Expanded Array of Course Materials
Partnership Emphasizes Enterprise Content Affordability Bridging OER and Publisher Materials
Nelsonville, OH, October 4, 2016 – Ed Map, Inc., a content strategy and logistics company, today announced a new partnership with OpenStax, a Rice University-based non-profit provider of free and low cost, peer reviewed texts. Under the agreement, Ed Map will offer OpenStax print and digital textbooks alongside more traditional publisher print, eBooks and adaptive courseware. With this deal, Ed Map further strengthens its Integrated Content Network of partners and provides materials that meet the enterprise-wide needs of its institutional customers.
“OpenStax is pleased to partner with Ed Map,” says David Harris, Editor in Chief at OpenStax. “Our partnerships with companies like Ed Map allow professors many low-cost options when choosing course materials, resulting in increased access for students. OpenStax has had a significant impact on student affordability and access by offering 25 openly licensed, peer-reviewed free textbooks for the nation’s highest enrolled courses. Our textbooks meet stated faculty needs for quality, low price and discoverability.”
OpenStax’s openly-licensed content blends well with Ed Map’s holistic approach to providing accessible, high quality, affordable content that is designed to serve the needs of all stakeholders enterprise-wide.
“Many institutions are strapped with fragmented course content strategies resulting in high costs combined with isolated use of digital course materials,” says Kerry Pigman, President and COO of Ed Map. “For example, we will see adaptive products employed by some departments, the bookstore offering eTextbooks paired with used or rental, and OER adoptions driven by Instructional Design or individual faculty. This disjointed approach leaves no room to capitalize on the best affordability options or the promise of digital to improve learning outcomes. To be successful and operate efficiently at scale, institutions need a thoughtful, integrated, unified content strategy.”
Ed Map leverages its 14 years of experience serving large, scaled online programs, as well as its proprietary OPENVUE® course materials management platform, to provide students with course materials deeply embedded in the learning environment, and institutions with flexibility, control, and access to emerging content types such as OpenStax.
OpenStax is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. OpenStax textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of an instructor’s course. Through partnerships with companies and foundations committed to reducing costs for students, OpenStax is working to improve access to higher education for all.
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 to help institutions 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 comprehensive OPENVUE® technology platform. For more information, please visit http://www.edmap.com/.
Director of Communications
Ed Map, Inc.