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Victor Valley College Cuts Textbook Costs in Half by Going Digital

California's Victor Valley College is embracing a digital-first textbook model through a partnership with courseware platform BibliU. By implementing the company's Universal Learning solution campuswide, the college will not only ensure students have access to course content on the first day of class, but also lower students' textbook costs by 30% to 50%, according to a news announcement.

In the Universal Learning model, digital course content is packaged with enrollment in the class and distributed via an institution's learning management system. Because it streamlines the process of discovering, ordering and supplying students with digital textbook content, it also enables institutions to be more flexible in delivering learning content to students, the company said.

"Victor Valley College is the first school in California to implement BibliU's Universal Learning model to reduce the cost of course materials for students," said Daniel Walden, president of the college, in a statement. "The school is a trailblazer in this business model and is proud to lead the way. We're sure other colleges and universities will follow suit as soon as they learn of the benefits we are realizing."

"Our mission is to provide opportunities for student learning and success, as well as excellent experiences for our faculty," commented Todd Scott, VP of instruction at Victor Valley. "So far, onboarding BibliU's platform has alleviated some of the frustrations felt by students and faculty around the process of buying and accessing textbooks." 

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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