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?
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.
The new full service online bookstore offers significant savings, support, and service to the community
We are thrilled to announce our newest partnership with Suncoast Technical College. The community-focused technical education institution will now provide a full-service solution for course materials, uniforms, and merchandise to their growing educational community. The personalized online ordering technology solution will launch for the spring 2021 semester.
The new platform provides students convenient access to low-cost course materials and the right tools for a successful academic experience
We are excited to announce our newest partnership with Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, a public tribal community college that serves the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation headquarters at New Town and its surrounding neighbors. NHSC will not only offer this convenient, cost-effective, and efficient course materials platform, but students will be offered a new program that provides them a voucher to purchase a laptop through the online bookstore. The voucher program offers a greater level of accessibility to all students no matter their location. The new bookstore will launch December 1st to support the spring 2021 semester.
This partnership will better serve students with a new experience for purchasing course materials
We are happy to announce our newest partnership with Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) to provide students access to low-cost textbooks through a new online bookstore and course materials platform. A part of the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, Oklahoma Panhandle State University is a national leader among regional universities with a mission rooted in “progress through knowledge.” Removing the barriers to affordability and accessibility, the online bookstore will empower the OPSU community of students with an accessible solution that can fully support their commitment to academic affordability. The new OPSU online bookstore launched to support students for the fall 2020 semester.
Offering Dell technology through the Akademos course materials platform provides options for low-income and remote students
Working closely with our partner schools, we have seen that having the right materials at affordable prices doesn’t just mean textbooks and other course materials. If students lack the right technology - laptops, software, dependable internet access - they can struggle just as much as they would without course materials. This is especially true for students in rural areas and low-income families who don’t have the resources to buy their own or travel to school or the library to use technology labs. Add a global pandemic on top of that and you have a whole new subset of students who may not be able to get to campus for class, never mind the campus store or library. Integrating Dell offerings directly into the online bookstore has provided much needed support and accessibility for all students. You may say, what is the big deal about offering technology through an online bookstore? Isn’t that a given? For Akademos, it’s not just about what is offered, but why. And more importantly, how can we assure everyone who needs it, gets it.