|What is Affordable Learning?|
A 2017 report from the City University of New York states that the average students spends $1,200 annually on traditionally produced textbooks, an amount that the report notes is “not negligible for any student, and prohibitive for many from low income households.” Universities and colleges nationwide have taken note of this hardship and many are joining the “affordable learning” movement.
Affordable learning involves using e-textbooks that combine material from library subscriptions and quality open-web resources. These alternatives to costly print works save students hundreds of dollars per semester. There are advantages to faculty too; by creating their own textbooks, professors can include more up-to-date material than is found in print titles, which can take years to come to market. Using this new model, professors can also choose exactly what goes into a textbook, making it unnecessary to assign a work that includes material students don’t need. The textbook can be easily edited or updated as new material becomes available.
|How Can Credo Support Affordable Learning Initiatives?|
Credo Online Reference Service offers material that is ideal for inclusion in affordable learning textbooks. Our reference material lends itself perfectly to textbooks because it provides accessible overviews of myriad topics—the most commonly taught subjects in college as well as themes that lend themselves to student research papers. For exact details on what Credo Online Reference Service includes that could be “imported” to a textbook you create, please see these list of what comes with a subscription to our Academic Core collection. Embedding articles into a textbook is easy, and you don’t have to get our permission—our licensing allows this use of all materials to which you subscribe
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|Features of Credo Online Reference Service|
While know for its collection of eBook reference titles, Credo Online Reference Service materials can be presented in several ways to increase student engagement. Below are screenshots showing different Credo database features available for use in your affordable learning creations:
linked overviews that lead to various Credo text and multimedia resources
Authoritative "explainers" on topics unfolding in the headlines
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interactive links to jump to specific chapters/sections
individual articles to use in addition to reference books
|How to Embed Credo Material in Your LMS|
Credo’s staff has in-depth experience working with faculty and librarians who want to use Credo Online Reference Service in their daily work. Our material can be embedded into various Learning Management Systems (LMS) and we are happy to walk you through that process. Below are screenshots that show how to embed materials into the most commonly used LMS's.