The Future of the Textbook: Realizing the Promise of Data

It seems like yesterday that Clayton Christensen, with colleagues Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson, published Disrupting Class, in which bold predictions of college closures equivalent to the dust bowls would occur by 2020 and mass customization would drive greater personalization and affordability in higher education. Many of these provocative claims have failed to fully be realized. And yet, if you were to ask most education technology thought leaders, the promise of digital courseware with machine learning powered by AI alongside big data analytic capabilities that help drive targeted engaging content is a promising solution to improve student outcomes in higher education. So why is higher education slower to adopt these promising solutions, especially with so many examples of technological transformation and disruption all around us?  

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The textbook was a technological advance.  What comes next?

Over the past 5+ years, there has been a steady trend towards not just replicating the traditional textbook in electronic form, but creating interactive and adaptive learning products that are used in lieu of a textbook (e.g. MyLabs, ALEKS, Connect). We broadly group these products under the umbrella of ‘interactive courseware.’ The underlying technology for these advancements has been around for 20+ years and casual industry observers may look at this evolution and ask “why has it been so slow to take off?”

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The Heart and Soul of Campus Life

Your store, your staff, our software - the complete student experience

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New York Tech Now Offering technology solution to support students

Akademos will provide a centralized technology solution to enhance the student experience and provide greater affordability and adaptability to current trends

We are thrilled to announce our newest partner school! New York Institute of Technology has selected Akademos as its partner to provide a new full-service platform for course materials, as well as branded merchandise and apparel to its community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The career-focused non-for-profit private university will launch Akademos’ streamlined technology solution to support students beginning in the summer 2021 term. 

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University Launching Innovative Campus Store Model

University to run new campus store as it moves course materials online with Akademos

We are excited to announce that after a thorough, competitive search, Ferris State University has chosen Akademos as its technology partner to launch a new hybrid bookstore model. Using Akademos’ premier course content platform, Michigan-based Ferris, along with Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, will move course material sales online while running an on-campus store for branded merchandise and apparel.

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March 11, 2021 | by Kelly Johnston |

Fontbonne University Moving to Student-Focused Campus Store Platform

We are excited to share our newest partnership with Fontbonne University! The private university in Clayton, MO, committed to transforming education, selected Akademos’ premier course content platform to support their 1,200 students with innovative technology and better access to low-cost textbooks and popular merchandise. This partnership and summer 2021 launch of the new online store is the first step of many positive changes planned for the university in the coming months. 

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