CourseSmart eTextbooks Accessible and Cost-Efficient, Survey Finds
STEPP Project from CourseSmart, Alternative Media Access Center and AccessText Network Effectively Supporting Students with Print Related Disabilities
The survey was commissioned to measure the success of the project against its primary goals of improving low-cost access to higher education eTextbooks for all students, including those with print-related disabilities such as blindness or dyslexia. On average, students save 50% or more off the retail cost and are able to access their textbooks anytime, anywhere. The majority of students reported a positive experience in renting a digital textbook and 78% of students indicated that the accessible eTextbook provided them with that they needed for class.
“We could not be more pleased to be a part of the STEPP Project, an effort that should be applauded for its mission to level the playing field in higher education. The economic realities of earning a college education make it paramount that all students find savings, and this program ensures that students with print related disabilities can not only enjoy the cost benefits, but also capitalize on the countless digital efficiencies of eTextbooks that their peers have appreciated for years,” said Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart. “It is encouraging that so early in the program, we are already meeting our goals and we look forward to continuing to work with AMAC and ATN to help ensure all students can enjoy the benefits of eTextbooks.”
The STEPP project, initially announced in October 2010 and designed to offer eTextbooks that are specifically modified for accessibility in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, marked the first time students with disabilities could enjoy the benefits of significant cost savings inherent in an eTextbook rental program. The eTextbooks that are part of the program are digitally formatted for qualified students and distributed through CourseSmart.
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