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.
As part of the eTextbook initiative, courses may use eBooks licensed through the library, or open educational resources, 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, or which are available for use under an open license. Franklin University currently uses 179 library ebooks and 28 OER or other external free ebooks as textbooks in courses.
Franklin University provides eTextbooks through VitalSource which provide students with additional features at no extra cost (such as integration with our Learning Management System, and access on up to four devices). 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 of Fall 2019, 87% of Franklin University’s courses have had their course texts transitioned to the eTextbook initiative.