Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Some Classes Will Have Digital Engagement Textbooks Next Semester

Vol State is introducing a convenient and affordable new program that delivers your digital textbook (e-text) by the first day of class at a significantly reduced cost compared to hard-copy textbooks. And, the cost of the textbook is included as part of your tuition or fees.  
Registering for your classes and then buying your textbooks used to be two separate events. Through the Digital Engagement program, you can experience additional convenience with automatic delivery and immediate accessibility to your course textbooks.
You can eliminate the time spent searching for deals on books AND you no longer have to worry about getting the wrong book or edition.  The program guarantees you’ll have the textbook you need from day one, making it easier for you to prepare for class and be successful in your course. 
The following courses will be part of this new program for classes in the spring 2019 term:

Course
Title
Section/CRN
Day/Time
Instructor
E-Text Cost
COMM 2025
Fundamentals of Communication
4 (17196)
MW 12:45-14:10
Karen Johnson
$47.95
ENGL 1020
English Composition II
17 (15583)
MW 14:20-15:45
Sarah Crotzer
$33.20
ENGL 1020
English Composition II
38 (11724)
TR 14:20-15:45
Sarah Crotzer
$33.20
ENGL 1020
English Composition II
C03 (12228)
Online
Sarah Crotzer
$33.20
INFS 1010
Computer Applications
6 (11332)
TR 12:45-14:10
Phillip Hearn
$108.25
INFS 1010
Computer Applications
C01 (11343)
Online
Abbas Imam
$108.25
MUS 1030
Introduction to Music
3 (11762)
MW 8:00-9:25
Lynn Peterson
$72.00
MUS 1030
Introduction to Music
4 (11763)
MW 12:45-14:10
Ben Graves
$72.00

When you register for any of these courses, you are automatically signed up to receive your
e-textbook. A few weeks before classes start, you will receive an email with a link to access your textbook. If you change your mind and would rather purchase a print copy from a retailer of your choice, the email will include easy instructions to ‘opt-out’ of the program and will remove the e-text charge from your student account.

Top 10 Reasons to Digitally Engage

1.      Speed of Delivery – A digital textbook can be downloaded immediately.
2.      Easily Portable - Digital textbooks can be carried on a small laptop or e-reader, enabling students to carry virtually hundreds of e-textbooks.
3.      Easy Search - The search functions make finding any information on the digital textbook quickly. Most e-readers allow notes to be tagged to specific words or paragraphs of a book. This helps students to take clear notes in their digital textbooks.
4.      Highlighting - The highlighting function allows students to mark important parts of the digital textbook for easy study later.
5.      Copy and Paste - The copy and paste functions allows students to quote sections of textbooks in their references, without having to re-type them.
6.      Audio - As digital textbooks can be easily converted to audio files, it helps students to listen to their lessons when driving or walking to campus.
7.      Cheaper - Digital textbooks are cheaper compared to traditional textbooks, sometimes as much as 50 to 70 percent less than first edition print texts.
8.      Environmentally Friendly - Environmentally conscious students prefer leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
9.      Quick Updates - Traditional textbooks become obsolete quickly while e-textbooks can be updated with current information.
10.  Font Adjustments and Night Time Reading - E-readers make it convenient to adjust the size of the text and come with back lighting or built-in reading lights, making nighttime reading easy.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact your advisor or your campus bookstore representative Dianne.king@volstate.edu. Please note that the cost of the eBook is not covered by TN Promise or TN Reconnect and so must be paid out of pocket or with other Financial Aid.

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