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  • Pearson, Barnes & Noble Education Expand Partnership to Offer Inclusive Access Model at Nearly 1,500 Campus Bookstores

    Partnership enables Barnes & Noble Education campus stores to provide millions of students seamless access to Pearson digital content at significant savings

    WASHINGTON, DC -- Pearson and Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE: BNED) today announced an agreement to offer Pearson content through inclusive access models at BNED’s nearly 1,485 physical and virtual campus bookstores nationwide, serving more than 6 million students and their faculty. This collaboration provides students with affordable access to high-quality course materials, including MyLab™ and Mastering™, Revel™ and eTexts, on the first day of class, at a savings of up to 70 percent.

    The seamless delivery is made possible by BNED’s First Day™ inclusive access program and Pearson’s technology integrations with campus systems. Through First Day, students at schools serviced by Barnes & Noble College and MBS Direct, BNED subsidiaries, receive their materials on or about the first day of class, and faculty and administrators gain valuable insights into students’ learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students’ progress while engaging with these immersive digital learning platforms.

    “We are excited to further expand our partnership with Barnes & Noble Education to bring students across the country affordable access to high-quality course materials,” said Nik Osborne, senior vice president, strategy & business operations for Pearson. “The evidence is overwhelming that student performance improves, and faculty can begin instruction immediately, when course materials are available on the first day of class. Inclusive access helps support these efforts by providing all students with day-one access to their required course materials at an affordable price point.”

    “We are pleased to partner with Pearson to offer our students and faculty an even greater selection of content through inclusive access models,” said Patrick Maloney, President of Barnes & Noble College. “First Day, our inclusive access program, has been an incredible driver of affordability and convenience on our campuses nationwide, and as more schools look to adopt this model, our growing partnership with Pearson will ensure students and faculty have access to all of the affordable content they need to drive success in the classroom.”

    More than 425 colleges and universities across the country have partnered with Pearson to implement the inclusive access model. Inclusive Access is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and affordable for all students, through equitable access to critical course materials. In addition, Pearson has significantly lowered the cost of eBook access--up to 80 percent off the price of a new print textbook.

    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 www.Pearson.com.

    About Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

    Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS subsidiaries, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,483 physical and virtual bookstores and serves more than 6 million students and faculty, and offers a suite of digital software, content and services including direct-to-student study tools. The Company also operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in the United States. Barnes & Noble Education acts as a strategic partner to drive student success, provide value and support to students and faculty, and create loyalty and improve retention, while supporting the financial goals of our college and university partners.

    BNED companies include: Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, MBS Textbook Exchange, LLC, BNED LoudCloud, LLC, Student Brands, LLC, and Promoversity, LLC. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website: www.bned.com.

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  • Pearson and littleBits Partner in Nationwide Program to Bring Innovative Science Curriculum to a New Generation of Students

    Elevate Science + The Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox Will Prepare Students For Careers That Have Not Been Invented Yet

    NEW YORK, Jan 29, 2018 – The call to revamp top-down model of instruction has been heard loud and clear. Pearson, the world’s learning company leading the K-12 science market in the United States, has partnered with littleBits, the technology startup that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with its easy to use platform of electronic building blocks. Through this partnership, Pearson brings hands-on invention-based model of learning and teaching into its 3-8 science curriculum, Elevate Science, in a new program called,"Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox."

    According to US Department of Labor, more than 65% of today’s students will grow up having careers that do not exist yet. Traditional models of direct instruction were designed to teach a particular skill, transferred top to bottom from teacher to student. Today, the role of education has changed. Instead of preparing for specific careers, it is vital to focus on making sure students are future-ready. By combining hands-on inventing with the rigor of learning objectives, Elevate Science + the Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox helps educators unleash powerful STEM and STEAM learning in science classroom.

    Elevate Science + the Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox is a unique, blended print and hands-on 3-8 curriculum that puts students at the center of learning as they collaborate to explore ideas, investigate phenomena through modeling, design inventions that solve real world problems, and share their inventions! The program is designed to create the next generation of inventors, critical thinkers, collaborative creators and lifelong learners who are ready to tackle all sorts of challenges in their future.

    “We chose to partner with littleBits because it is an innovator in transforming how science is taught and learned,” said Bethlam Forsa, Pearson’s Managing Director of U.S. Learning Services. “This collaboration continues our legacy of leadership in science education, moving beyond the textbook using a groundbreaking, hands-on inquiry approach.” “Paired with Elevate Science, this partnership brings the next level of inquiry and wonder to the classroom, motivating every learner to reach higher and go further.”

    Every grade-specific Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox comes equipped with a set of littleBits electronic building blocks and invention accessories, craft materials, student instructions and documentation tools, quick start teacher’s guide and digital access to the educator lessons. Extending from the uEngineer it! sections in the Elevate Science curriculum, students and teachers are invited to partake in invention-based challenges that help them deepen their understanding of the engineering design cycle and science phenomena presented in the textbook. From inventing a circuit that helps us conserve energy, a super plant with specialized structures to help it survive, a constellation viewer that shows the stars above us, a space communication device that astronauts can use to communicate in outer space, to designing a building that can stand up to the forces felt on the Earth’s surface during an earthquake, students will be engaged to think beyond the text, examine problems in the real world, and invent the world they want to live in!

    The collaboration will roll out across the country as the science curriculum adoption cycle moves through each state, beginning in Florida in 2018 and then California in 2019. Aligned to new state standards and reflecting the direction of the Next Generation Science standards, this curriculum brings the latest innovations in hands-on and invention-based learning and assessment to classrooms across the country.

    “Thousands of schools around the country are already using littleBits with their students,” said Ayah Bdeir, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of littleBits. “They have seen first-hand the powerful teacher and student engagement that comes from hands-on learning with littleBits. Pearson and the uEngineer It! investigations bring the rigor of professional curriculum to a tool that we see, again and again, gets students’ eyes to light up with wonder and engagement. This partnership with Pearson will enable millions of students to experience that wonder, and educators will be excited to know that they are helping their students get future-ready.”

    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 www.pearson.com.

    About littleBits

    littleBits empowers kids around the world to become inventors. Founded in 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, its innovative platform of easy-to-use electronic blocks allows anyone to create and learn with electronics, independent of age, gender or technical ability. The company is dedicated to successfully bridging the gender gap with its gender-neutral platform, attracting an industry high thirty five percent of young girls to invent with littleBits. The company’s products have won over 150 industry awards in the toy and education industries. littleBits is headquartered in New York. For more information and inspiration, go to www.littlebits.cc/education.

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  • Pearson, Maryville to Launch National Ad Campaign Highlighting Online Degree Attainment

    Nationwide TV and Radio Spots Will Promote Theme ‘Let’s Be Brave Together,’ Encourage Students to Start or Finish Degrees

    ST. LOUIS – Today, Pearson and Maryville University announced the launch of the first national TV and radio advertising campaign for Maryville Online. The nationwide campaign will feature television and radio spots designed to encourage working adults to start a college degree online for the first time or finish an uncompleted degree.

    In November, the university announced the addition of 10 new online degree programs, launching in the Fall of 2018, designed to make career-relevant education more accessible and flexible to students in all stages of life. Pearson is partnering with Maryville to provide the university with support for prospective student marketing and recruitment efforts, including the development of the ‘Let’s Be Brave Together’ campaign. In addition, Pearson will assist online students through their initial selection of a degree program, and then through graduation with retention, student support and help desk services.

    The campaign specifically targets the 30 million 25 to 40-year-old working adults in the United States who have started a college degree, but not yet finished it, according to the "Some College, No Degree" report issued in 2014 by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The ads celebrate Maryville’s legacy of improving access to education and show potential students that a career-advancing degree is within reach.

    “Maryville prides itself on partnering with industry leaders to enhance student access and success,” said Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University. “Our partnership with Pearson on the ad campaign, marketing and recruitment of online students enables us to focus on excellence in our course development and delivery. Together, we will better educate thousands of students who want and deserve a high-quality college education.”

    “The decision to return to school as an adult is one of the bravest ones a student can make. We’re proud to be a part of people making progress in their lives through education,” said Kevin Capitani, president, Pearson North America. “I am certain when students learn about the quality and breadth of the new offerings at Maryville, they won’t hesitate to join us and ‘be brave together’ to begin or finish their degree.”

    The ad campaign launched nationwide on January 1st, 2018.

    For more information about the programs offered through Maryville Online, please visit them on the web: https://online.maryville.edu/

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    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 www.pearson.com.

    About Maryville University

    Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of more than 7,800 students. Maryville offers more than 90 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 60 countries. For more information, visit online.maryville.edu/.
     

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  • Announcing the expansion of the world’s first accelerator dedicated to entrepreneurs positioned to close the global literacy gap

    November 6, 2017 – Illiteracy is foundational to nearly all the global challenges we face today as an international community. Yet, literacy rates have not improved in over 15 years, costing the world $1.19 trillion a year and leaving over 750 million people worldwide unable to read this sentence.

    Project Literacy Lab, a partnership between Pearson and Unreasonable Group, part of the broader Project Literacy campaign, is bringing a new group of problem solvers to the table: entrepreneurs. This first of its kind, international accelerator focuses on scaling up ventures that are positioned to help close the global literacy gap by 2030.

    In July 2016, the inaugural Project Literacy Lab brought together 16 ventures from across 5 continents for a two-week accelerator outside of San Francisco, California. Over the course of this program, the entrepreneurs were matched with the resources, mentorship, access to financing, and a global network of support to help them scale more rapidly across multiple regions and countries. To date, the first cohort of companies operates in over 50 countries, has collectively raised over $70M in financing, and has reached over 10M people around the world. Within just one year after the program, the cohort’s total revenue has increased by over 80% and total funding has increased by approximately 185%.

    Now, in November 2017, the second Project Literacy Lab accelerator will officially launch with a new group of 13 companies at a venue near New York City. The participating mentors include Aleem Walji, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation and former Chief Innovation Officer at The World Bank, and Tom Chi, founding team member of Google X and expert in rapid prototyping.

    Each venture in the 2017 cohort is tackling one of the foundational issues that underpins the problem of illiteracy worldwide. For example:

    • BeeLine Reader makes reading on-screen more efficient and accessible for readers at all levels – especially for those with dyslexia, ADD, and vision problems. Instead of displaying text in monochrome, BeeLine Reader uses a subtle color gradient that draws the reader’s eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. This technique can dramatically improve reading fluency and reading comprehension. To date, BeeLine Reader has been used to read over 250 million pages worldwide.
    • Cell-Ed brings essential literacy, language and job skills to adults who need it most. They deliver skills training in 3-minute lessons on any mobile phone where adult learners simply call, text or click to access a world of learning. To date, more than 10,000 Cell-Ed users have logged over 1,000,000 minutes of learning in reading and numeracy skills, vocational ESL, and more.
    • Kodable makes computer science education accessible to every child in the world, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background. They develop computer science curriculum for elementary schools, with a grab-and-go lesson plan option for teachers, and fun engaging labs for students. To date, Kodable is used by over 50% of elementary schools in the United States and in over 200 countries around the world.

    Pearson and Unreasonable Group share the belief that rapid growth, for-profit companies have the potential to drive solutions into the hands of millions who remain illiterate today. This is where Project Literacy Lab comes into focus: connecting brilliant innovators and entrepreneurs with what they need to achieve greater scale faster.

    “Project Literacy Lab aims to spark a conversation around how business investors and entrepreneurs can put a positive dent on history,” says Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO of Unreasonable Group. “Many of these entrepreneurs are already measurably closing the global literacy gap with technologies we didn’t know existed – profitably. Unlike most accelerator programs, we are choosing to align with solutions that have already proven to be effective in market. Now, we’re helping these entrepreneurs scale their ventures across countries and continents to impact hundreds of millions of lives.”

    “Ensuring universal literacy means bringing new problem solvers to the table,” said Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer for Pearson and Chief Spokesperson for Project Literacy. “We need everyone to work together to tackle this global crisis. With their innovative and scalable solutions, these entrepreneurs are key to how we help reach the low-income communities where illiteracy is most severe.”

    For more information, please visit: www.projectliteracy.com/lab/

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    Project Literacy Lab Ventures

    BeeLine Reader makes reading on-screen more efficient and accessible for readers at all levels – especially for those with dyslexia, ADD, and vision problems. To date, BeeLine Reader has been used to read over 250 million pages worldwide.

    Cell-Ed delivers essential skills training in 3-minute lessons on any mobile phone where adult learners simply call, text or click to access a world of learning. To date, more than 10,000 Cell-Ed users have logged over 1,000,000 minutes of learning.

    Emote provides a school-wide communication platform that delivers real-time insights used to predict, support and evaluate student social-emotional outcomes and behavioral escalation.

    EQtainment designs and develops children's toys and games for emotional intelligence, providing parents and educators fun tools to help children develop self-awareness, impulse control, manners, problem solving, empathy, responsibility, grit, and more.

    KickUp partners with K-12 organizations to help professional development teams improve teacher support and demonstrate impact through meaningful analytics.

    Kodable develops computer science curriculum for elementary schools, with a grab-and-go lesson plan option for teachers, and fun engaging labs for students. Kodable is active in 1 in 4 schools across the US using the #1 programming curriculum for K-5.

    Learning Games Studios develops award-winning learning games and assessment tools that benefit learners at every age, helping people all around the world to obtain more education and employment opportunities.

    Letrus utilizes AI and education technology to solve the world’s literacy gap, connecting linguistic, pedagogical and digital intelligences for a more effective way of teaching.

    Literator provides a comprehensive platform that turns data into actionable insights, so teachers and administrators can provide students with a personalized literacy education. To date, Literator has served over 20,000 students in 17 countries.

    RocketLit bridges the gap between curricular expectations and reality through education that’s tailored and adapted to each student's independent reading level.

    SPEAK MODalities creates a software that helps children with autism and developmental disabilities learn to speak and communicate, empowering them to live more fulfilling lives.

    Stones2Milestones specializes in teaching reading and thinking skills for children aged 3-9 years old, training teachers across India so they can help ‘create a nation of 10 million readers by 2022.’

    WizeNoze created the world’s largest content library of curated public information all tagged by reading level, making the internet more accessible for children, teenagers, people with lower literacy skills, and second language learners.

    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. Their mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. Pearson believes that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, please visit http://www.pearson.com.

    Project Literacy

    Project Literacy is global movement to make significant and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy so that all people – regardless of geography, language, race, class, or gender – have the opportunity to fulfill their potential through the power of words. Founded and convened by Pearson, Project Literacy brings together a diverse and global cross-section of people and organizations to help unlock the potential of individuals, families and communities everywhere to make significant and sustainable advances in literacy over the next five years so that by 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy.

    About Unreasonable

    Unreasonable’s mission is to drive resources to and breakdown barriers for entrepreneurs solving the world’s most pressing global challenges (i.e. ensuring renewable energy reaches the 1.3 billion people currently without electricity, reimagining the future of healthcare, or addressing the global unemployment crisis). Through running worldwide accelerator programs, a globally oriented private equity fund, an extensive network of over 300 serial business leaders as mentors, and advanced storytelling and media activities, Unreasonable is designed to exclusively support entrepreneurs positioned to solve society's toughest problems. For more, please http://www.unreasonablegroup.com.

    Contact

    Brittany Lane, Director of Media, Unreasonable Group
    +1 (832) 867-2424, brittany@unreasonablegroup.com

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  • Pearson Announces EDUCAUSE 2017 Lineup

    Company’s “This is Digital Learning” theme offers attendees the chance to earn a digital badge, highlights innovative partnerships and technologies that position students for lifelong success

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – Today, Pearson announced its lineup for EDUCAUSE 2017, as part of its “This is Digital Learning” theme for the conference. The theme highlights how technology is providing increased access to high-quality, affordable higher education opportunities that enhance the learning experience and prepare learners for success in college and beyond. In keeping with the theme of the conference, attendees who stop by the Pearson booth will have the opportunity to earn a Digital Learning Advocate badge. To earn the badge, they can attend sessions and try out the Cognitive Tutor Experience featuring Revel™ and IBM Watson. Pearson will also reveal the key findings of its “Perceptions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Higher Education in 2017” survey of educators and learners at colleges and universities across the U.S.

    Company thought leaders and educational partners will discuss and demonstrate the benefits of innovative and strategic solutions that harness the full potential of digital and immersive technologies to address challenges around access, retention, completion, and digital education. These include the growing adoption of the Digital Direct Access model, which provides students with immediate access to essential course materials starting on the first day of class, the networked post-secondary education experience, and immersive learning applications in higher education.

    WHAT: EDUCAUSE, October 31-November 3, Philadelphia Convention Center, Pearson Booth #401.

    WHO: College and university educators and administrators with a focus on teaching and learning, administration, instructional technology, information technology infrastructure, information systems or information technology leadership.

    Pearson presentation schedule

    Transition to Digital Summit

    Monday, October 30, 2017, 1-7:00 PM EST, Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Grand Ballroom Salons A&B, 5th Floor

    What: This pre-conference workshop will provide a valuable opportunity for education sector experts, including academic and bookstore leaders, to collaborate, share, and learn about innovative approaches and best practices for improving access, achievement, and affordability through the digital delivery of course materials. The keynote address, “Paying the Price – College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream,” will be delivered by Sara Goldrick-Rab Scholar-Activist, Author, Professor, Temple University. Preregistration is required.

    Presenters: Benjamin Compton, Course Materials Manager, Aztec Shops, San Diego State University; Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., Director of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives, Park University; Greg Fenton, CEO and Co-founder, RedShelf; Doreen Schwartz, Director of Business Services, Oakton Community College; Andrew Secundo, Student, Temple University; Brian Buckley, AVP, Digital Delivery & Analytics, Pearson; Tom Malek, Senior Vice President, Head of Partnerships, Pearson; and Tim Peyton, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson

    Sneak Peek/Flash Talk: See What Pearson and IBM Watson Are Cooking Up in the Labs

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:30-11:00 AM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Meeting Room 113C, 100 Level

    What: Last year, Pearson and IBM announced a partnership to deliver Watson Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to higher education. This presentation will provide a progress report on the collaboration, and detail how an AI-based tutor can assist learners and instructors in closing the personalized learning gap.

    Presenter: Lin Zhou, Program Director, IBM; Curtiss Barnes, Managing Director, Product Management and Design, Pearson; Victoria Mondelli, Executive Director, Office for Teaching Excellence, Mercy College; Erick Jenkins, Student, East Carolina University

    Using Immersive Learning Technologies to Increase Student Success in College and Beyond, Pearson Booth #401

    Wednesday, November 1, 12:00-1:30 PM
    Thursday, November 2, 1:30-2:50 PM

    What: Last year, Pearson and Microsoft announced an innovative partnership to explore the power of mixed reality, using HoloLens, to solve real challenges in areas of learning. Fast forward one year, and Pearson Immersive is preparing to bring a portfolio of mixed reality products to market in subjects including: Anatomy, Nursing and Chemistry. Pearson is also working on one of the largest VR implementations for release in 2018. Pearson Immersive is building more than 100 experiences tied to our higher education courseware in subjects, such as psychology, history, sociology and western civilization.

    Pearson Immersive team members will lead highly interactive presentations and demonstrations. The team will also focus on how holographic learning at Bryn Mawr College impacted learners. Presenters will demonstrate how mixed reality and virtual reality can increase access to effective and innovative digital learning experiences that are designed to create better outcomes for individuals in education and the workforce.

    Presenters: Palak Bhandari, Educational Technologist, Bryn Mawr College; Mark Christian, Global Director, Immersive Learning, Pearson

    For a list of sessions and demos, as well as more information on Pearson at EDUCAUSE, visit
    https://www.pearson.com/us/about/news-events/events/2017/10/2017-educause-conference.html.


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    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 www.pearson.com.

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  • Pearson Partners with Oakton Community College to Increase Access to Affordable Course Materials

    Oakton Community College joins more than 450 institutions that have partnered with Pearson to bring students first day of class access to digital direct course content

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Pearson announced its partnership with Oakton Community College, located in Des Plaines, Illinois, to digitally deliver course materials to students at significant cost savings. The institution launched its Digital Direct Access program in the fall of 2017, beginning with a pilot focused on 300 students enrolled in the BUS 101: Introduction to Business course. The course provides learners with first day of class access to Pearson’s MyLab Intro to Business online homework, tutorial, and assessment content and technology.

    Since 2016, more than 450 colleges and universities across the country, including more than 200 in 2017, have partnered with Pearson to implement the Digital Direct Access (DDA) model. Pearson’s DDA model enables institutions to deliver high-quality digital course materials, including MyLab™ and Mastering™, Revel™ and eTexts, to students on or before the first day of class at a savings of up to 70 percent. Educators also gain valuable insights into students’ learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students’ progress while engaging with these immersive platforms.

    Based on the positive feedback from Oakton Community College students and faculty members on their experience with the program, the institution has decided to expand the number of courses that leverage the Digital Direct Access program. As a result, in the spring of 2018, students enrolled in the Computer Information Systems Department course, will be provided with immediate access to Pearson’s MyLab IT. With more than 11 million users annually, MyLab and Mastering delivers consistent, measurable gains in student learning outcomes, retention, and subsequent course success.

    "Oakton Community College is dedicated to educating, empowering, and transforming our students. Student success is our top priority, and we share in Pearson's commitment to accessibility, affordability, and achievement. We are very pleased to partner with Pearson to offer digital direct access to our students, and we plan to continue expanding the DDA offerings at the college," said Doreen Schwartz, Director of Business Services, Oakton Community College. Join Schwartz for a presentation on the institution’s successful
    implementation of digital delivery at Pearson’s “Transition to Digital Summit: Digital Made Simple” at the 2017 EDUCAUSE Conference on October 30 at 4:00-4:45 PM.

    “We know that many students often delay or completely forego purchase of required course materials to save money. We are honored to partner with Oakton Community College to improve access, affordability, and achievement for more students, by harnessing the power of digital technology to deliver course materials that enhance the teaching and learning experience,” said Tom Malek, Senior Vice President of Partnerships for Pearson.

    The Digital Direct Access model is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students, and establishing equity in access to critical course materials. Earlier this year, Pearson announced a two-step plan to address the issue of college affordability. The plan immediately reduced the prices of 2000 e-book titles by up to 50 percent. The second phase of the effort ensures that students can rent popular print titles online and in-store through trusted retailers. This rental-only model allows Pearson to reduce prices by up to 60 percent and ensure that all students have access to affordable textbooks.

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    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 www.pearson.com.
     

    About Oakton Community College

    Oakton Community College serves residents in the communities of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, and parts of Des Plaines, Mount Prospect and Rosemont, Ill. With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton offers a wealth of educational options at its locations in Des Plaines and Skokie, online, and in locations throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs. Associate degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language. To learn more, visit www.oakton.edu.

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