Pearson, Chemeketa Community College Expand Digital Course Material Partnership

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More than 2,000 students across 33 courses will now have access to high-quality, affordable digital learning content on the first day of class

Today, Pearson announced an expanded partnership with Chemeketa Community College, the second largest community college in Oregon, to provide students increased access to high-quality, digital course materials at significant cost savings. Chemeketa piloted its Course Materials Fee Program in Fall 2016. The pilot included more than 330 students enrolled in the Introduction to Business course, which leveraged Pearson’s MyBusinessLab™ digital learning technology.

Based on positive feedback from students and educators, Chemeketa has extended and expanded the program to include more than 2,000 students across 33 courses, utilizing additional MyLab™ and Revel™ digital learning technologies focused on mathematics, political science, management, marketing, and finance, as well as content from other providers.

Since 2016, more than 190 colleges and universities have partnered with Pearson to implement the Digital Direct Access model. Pearson’s DDA model enables institutions to deliver high-quality digital course materials, including eBooks, MyLab™ and Mastering™, and REVEL™, to students on or before the first day of class at a savings of up to 60 percent. Educators also gain valuable insights into students’ learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students’ progress.

“Lack of access to affordable course materials often resulted in students dropping their courses. Partnering with Pearson helps us to address this challenge by providing our students with affordable access to essential course materials they need to successfully complete their higher education goals,” said Meredith Schreiber, director, Bookstore and Auxiliary Services. Join Schreiber as one of the discussion leaders in a panel presentation on education content strategy at the 2017 WCET Leadership Summit on June 15 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Marriott Salt Lake City Center.

“Twenty-five percent of first year students and 33% of seniors report forgoing the purchase of required academic course materials,” Tom Malek, senior vice president of partnerships for Pearson. “Through our innovative Digital Direct Access model, we are empowering institutions and educators to improve access, affordability and achievement for more students in higher education.”

The Digital Direct Access model is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students, through the use of effective immersive digital learning content and technologies that are designed to help educators increase engagement and produce measurable outcomes for learners.

In addition, Pearson recently announced a partnership with IBM Watson to create virtual college tutors, making digital learning easier and more engaging.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit http://www.pearson.com.

About Chemeketa Community College
For more than 40 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to offering opportunities for students to explore, learn, and succeed through quality educational experiences and workforce training. As the second largest multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves nearly 30,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as community locations at Brooks, Eola, Winema, Polk County, Woodburn, and the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI). Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.

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