American Public University System Partners with ED MAP and Ingram's Vital Source to Streamline Digital Course Materials Delivery

Monday, March 11, 2013

Nelsonville, OH – American Public University System (APUS), learning resources management provider ED MAP, and eTextbook provider Vital Source have partnered to streamline distribution of APUS digital course materials and enhance student engagement.

APUS texts will be distributed via the ED MAP OpenVue Student Choice storefront and Vital Source Bookshelf platform, a logical extension of the University’s goal to offer the best variety of course materials, while reducing the impact of textbook inflation, through APUS ePress. ED MAP enables undergraduate students to elect a digital format at no cost through APUS’s undergraduate book grant, and provides the purchase option of a print copy. In addition, the storefront logs print inventory and features address pre-verification to reduce unnecessary reshipping costs, according to Dr. Fred Stielow, VP and dean of libraries and course materials for APUS.

“This initiative further validates our ongoing commitment to maximize learning outcomes by better enabling students to focus on their studies rather than on how they must access their course materials,” said Stielow. “ED MAP will also help us more efficiently and cost-effectively manage our key course material administrative and reporting processes.”

ED MAP will initially coordinate with publishers to have all APUS course materials migrated to the VitalSource Bookshelf platform, which offers multiple delivery options, coupled with digital rights management (DRM) features. Materials can be provided in both cloud-based and downloadable formats, which caters to APUS’s specialized needs as the largest provider of higher education to America’s armed forces.

Kent Freeman, chief operating officer of Vital Source Technologies Inc. said, "We are pleased that our VitalSource Bookshelf platform will be available to all APUS students via ED MAP, providing anytime, anywhere access to the content that the students of today use most.”

“ED MAP is pleased to work with APUS in developing a new course materials strategy and implementing new processes,” said ED MAP President Kerry S. Pigman. “We are excited to collaboratively help APUS achieve its key goals for process improvement and enhancing the online learning experience for its students.”

More information at ED MAP.