As of August (for online classes) and September (for on-ground classes) SIU will start rolling out electronic textbooks instead of hardcopies. Students acquire access to the textbook automatically with registration for a class.
We will use the VitalSource Technologies platform, which allows download and print during course availability dates onto 4 different devices: Desktop, laptop, tablet (Kindle, not Nook), smartphone. All books will be enriched with interactive media and allow highlighting, writing notes, sharing, search online, etc.
The books will be accessible through our online learning platform Blackboard. In Blackboard, you will have to click on the e-book link on the left side to open your e-book by clicking on the book cover. At that point you will have to create a one-time only account with VitalSource Bookshelf by entering your Schiller email and a password so you may access the books for up to 2 years after the class has ended. Students and faculty get all access details sent to their Schiller email account.
Access and distribution will be organized centrally by the Largo campus. All campuses will be using U.S. editions, textbook lists and syllabi will be standardized for all campuses. For local support you can contact the library staff.
Through the introduction of e-textbooks and the standardization of processes the school aspires to provide the same educational excellence and experience for all of our students worldwide.