Online textbook service launched for “fair access”


Course material provider Cengage has launched its new service, Cengage Unlimited for Institutions, which will give students access to over 10,000 digital textbooks and study resources, in addition to the company’s online learning platforms.

Universities can subscribe on behalf of their students, potentially reducing the number of textbooks students are required to purchase.

The program, which was launched last week and is now available to institutions in the UK, Middle East and North Africa, also includes a skills building and careers service, which the company says will help students to cope at university and develop their employability skills.

Cengage Unlimited was piloted at three universities in Ireland, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

Eoin Langan, dean of the faculty of business at Technological University Dublin, one of the pilot institutions, said that the program has provided an “affordable alternative to the purchase of textbooks” and that automatic grading, part of the online learning platforms, “helps our lecturers monitor student progress and understanding”.

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