Jisc offers over 400 colleges free access to a new collection of curriculum focused e-textbooks through e-books for FE.
E-books for FE will be benefiting UK further education providers by offering access to additional new suite of 162 e-textbooks. These books will supplement over 200 other e-textbooks previously acquired.
The new collection has been chosen using feedback from customers to ensure the new books are of the highest possible value to their users and focus in supporting the curriculum across a variety of subjects.
E-books for FE provides further education colleges in the UK with access to a collection of e-textbooks on a platform that offers functionality suitable for the needs of the community. The new collection will be available to colleges free of charge for another two years from 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2016.
Catherine John, FE licensing manager of Jisc Collections, says:
“We have been working closely with our FE members to ensure that we procure content that is relevant, titles selected are based around curricula, and also the most current editions. The platform offers learners the opportunity to access content at any time and from any location allowing them to carry out their work when it suits them, which is key as part of a modern learning system.
“The previous top title in e-books for FE, BTEC Level 3 National Business Student Book 1, has been accessed in over 165,000 user sessions in a single year demonstrating the value students are gaining from the content.”
E-books for FE does not only save users time and money, but also supports distance learning. Neil Prior, head of e-learning at BCA tells us:
“We find e-textbooks to be a valuable resource that enables us to provide 24/7 access to the awarding bodies learning resources that accompany the qualifications. To do this in the traditional manner would be vastly expensive and difficult to facilitate. The feedback from students and staff is very positive. In fact we are actively increasing our premium e-book provision on the basis that it provided far better value for money.”
For those further education providers who do not currently have access to the content that is freely offered by e-books for FE, please subscribe by placing an order at the Jisc Collections website.