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04/16/2021
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Expensive textbooks could be a thing of the past soon

No one wants to pay $200 for a textbook, and soon no one will have to, because the $200 textbook may be disappearing. Like other technological trends that were plodding along before COVID-19, the use of digital resources and freely licensed learning materials — known as open educational resources, or OER — exploded in 2020. And that growth comes with an added bonus for students: For the first time in decades, textbook prices are dropping. Colin Wood reports.


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Digital Services — A StateScoop & EdScoop Special Report

Universities are becoming more sophisticated in how they approach digital services — embracing principles like human-centered design and agile development cycles. And they’re aiming high, aspiring to match the convenience and accessibility offered by major retailers and tech giants in the private sector, but the COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how far higher education and government have to go before they can offer the public the seamless, secure and personalized experience that officials have long gushed about. Check out the special report here.


Ellucian launches 'Experience' platform

Following the demand of universities for tools that make it easier for their students to succeed, the educational software firm Ellucian this week announced the launch of a new single-sign on and software development platform, called Experience. The new platform is designed to integrate with other products developed by Ellucian — which is best known for its enterprise resource planning and student information systems platforms — but also with software from other companies. Colin has the details.


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