Franklin University’s Affordable Learning Initiatives
Recognizing the importance of affordability in education, in 2017 Franklin University implemented its eTextbook initiative. The goal of the eTextbook initiative is to provide students with online access to textbooks, and to lower textbook costs. This is important not only for the affordability of education for our students, but for accessibility as our students are distributed across the globe with our online programs.
As part of the eTextbook initiative, courses may use eBooks licensed through the library, which are available to students at no cost. Librarians work with faculty and course designers to identify titles which the library can purchase for use in courses. Currently 36 library eBooks are used as course textbooks.
Franklin University has also signed agreements with the top four publishers to lower the cost of eTextbooks to students. These eTextbooks, available through VitalSource, provide students with additional features at no extra cost (such as integration with our Learning Management System, access on up to four devices, and the ability to drop a course within 30 days and not be charged for the eTextbook).
The majority of Franklin University’s courses are expected to have their course texts transitioned to the eTextbook initiative by the end of 2018.