Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We're going to the 2012 Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations!

January 6th-8th
Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL
2012 ASSA Meeting
Booth #306

Angela Battle 


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sales Representative Wanted

We're searching for a Sales Representative with experience in the Higher Education market!

See below the fold for details.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Holidays from AcademicPub!

Have any great winter break plans?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

AcademicPub Upends Traditional Textbook Distribution Model, Partners with Schools to Co-Brand Custom Publishing Support

Three Institutions Sign Up to Start Immediately, Many Others in Pipeline;
Parallel Arrangement with CoursePacks Etc. Allows Additional Schools to Pilot

New York, NY, December 7, 2011 - AcademicPub™, the dynamic online platform from SharedBook Inc. that enables college professors to create custom print or eBooks quickly and cost effectively, continued to gain momentum today as it announced the debut at three schools of CustomCollegePLUS™, a co-branded custom publishing solution for institutions of higher education.

Revealing an initial trio of schools, SharedBook Inc. CEO Caroline Vanderlip said that North Dakota State University (NDSU), Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida, and University of Alberta in Canada have formalized plans to work with AcademicPub to support the custom needs of their institutions. The company also announced a parallel arrangement with CoursePacks Etc. (CPE), an off-campus coursepack provider, to offer custom eBooks and physical books; this separate deal will allow for CustomCollegePLUS to be piloted at the approximately 30 institutions which currently work with CPE.

In a related announcement, the company said that other colleges and universities who sign up for CustomCollegePLUS by January 31, 2012 can take advantage of an introductory offer providing the program free-of-charge to institutions.

Through CustomCollegePLUS, schools will take advantage of any, or all, of the following menu of features:
• Centralized management of all on-campus custom course creation and distribution through a branded portal
• Dynamic, flexible formatting that includes the ability to create custom covers, page layouts and trim sizes
• Choice of distribution, through either bookstore or direct student purchase;
• Creation & management of a custom archive of materials used by faculty in developing their materials for reference and reuse.
"CustomCollegePLUS gives schools an opportunity to mold the benefits of AcademicPub specifically to their institution," said Vanderlip. "All of the branding opportunities, the format and output options, and especially the choice of distribution means that every school can customize the platform so it fits its needs perfectly. Most importantly, it helps schools build a sustainable, profitable business model via customizable business terms."

According to Vanderlip, schools choosing a bookstore distribution option on their campuses will receive:
• Access to the easy-to-use bookstore portal that aggregates custom book orders from faculty members, handles ordering, and digitally archives custom books from that institution for future reference;
• The ability to sell eBooks if the bookstore is not already enabled;
• Marketing support to engage instructors and drive usage; and
• Options to print through AcademicPub or through a different vendor.
Colleges and universities joining the CustomCollegePLUS program will also be able to take advantage of the rapid and continuing growth of the AcademicPub Content Library. Launched in April 2011 with less than 20 publishing partners, the AcademicPub platform has grown more than fivefold in just seven months and now counts more than 100 publishers on its roster, providing more than 2 million units of high-quality content across disciplines, a figure that rises every week. A complete list of publishing partners may be found here.

About AcademicPub
AcademicPub, Sharedbook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

About CoursePacks Etc.
CoursePacks Etc. is dedicated to providing academic institutions and their faculty a legal and economical way to offer students the most current and relevant information available, and to provide students with valuable course materials of the highest quality. Based in Michigan, CoursePacks Etc. has more than 10 years experience working with the top US and Canadian community colleges, two- and four-year colleges and universities. The company's intent is to pursue and maintain a position as an international provider of quality, specialized education publishing. More information can be found at www.coursepacksetc.com.

James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
(571) 213-3979

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Textbook Roundup for December 6th, 2011

Some articles from around the web that have caught our eye recently:

Education Portal notes that Building Your Own Textbook Could Save Students Hundreds of Dollars.

San Jacinto College's IT Blog has a post up about Online Services for Custom Textbooks & Course Materials.

Rhonda Wickham at Custom Media INsider notes that Custom Publishing Pays Off.

A blog for the Practicum in Blended/Online Learning Course at Michigan State talks about Textbook Alternatives.

Interested in building a custom book for your class? Have you been to AcademicPub lately? We've got 2 million pieces of content from over 100 publishers!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Platform Release for November 29th, 2011

We just released a new version of our custom course-book building platform!

Most excitingly, our new "share" feature allows collaboration, peer review, and staff engagement/assistance as you prepare your course materials. Assembling the perfect book for you class just got easier with this update:

Peers can review your custom book.

• You can send and receive feedback to and from your colleagues and staff to customize your book perfectly.

• Your colleagues within your university can edit a copy of your book and adopt it for their own course.

We have also upgraded our preview page, allowing you a more comprehensive view of full information regarding prices and charges, allowing you to keep costs low for your students. So, as always, you can commit and distribute your book to your students, in digital or print, in just a few clicks.

Interested in building a custom textbook? Check us out at AcademicPub. Want to keep updated with what's going on at AcademicPub? Follow us on your social network of choice: TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Content for 11/22/11: Zombies, Facebook, and Debt

What do Zombies and Facebook have in common? Well, for one, we have great new texts about both of them. Here are some recent additions to our Content Library:

Debtor Nation (Princeton University Press, 2011, ISBN 9781400838400) by Louis Hyman, PhD: According to the publisher, Dr. Hyman's book is a "nuanced history of consumer credit practices in the United States [that] shows how little loans became big business"

Andrew Allentuck of the Financial Post calls this title "an elegantly crafted historical analysis of how consumer credit grew to a colossus, Debtor Nation is compelling reading. As a well-documented financial analysis, Debtor Nation exposes the weak underside of lenders' balance sheets."

Facebook in 2011 (Stanford Graduate School of Business case study, 2011): 
A comprehensive case study on where Facebook currently stands, where it has come from, and where it might be going. A must read and a piece that would fit in nicely in many marketing, business, or social media classes.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies (Princeton University Press, 2011, ISBN 9781400837984) by Daniel W. Drezner Ph.d: 
The author of The Sanctions Paradox and All Politics is Global has written an introductory text for international relations with a wicked twist; how would the various international organizations, governments, the UN and more would react if the world was overrun by zombies.

Scott McLemee of Inside HigherEd says that "Besides offering a condensed and accessible survey of how various schools of international-relations theory would respond, he reviews the implications of a zombie crisis for a nation's internal politics and its psychosocial impact. He also considers the role of standard bureaucratic dynamics on managing the effects of relentless insurgency by the living dead. While a quick and entertaining read, Theories of International Politics and Zombies is a useful introductory textbook on public policy--as well as a definitive monograph for the field of zombie studies."


As always, you can mix and match the above titles with any of other thousands of pieces of content from over one hundred different publishers in our library. Click here for more information on our content library and free registration information.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Textbook Roundup for November 16th, 2011

Some articles from around the web that have caught our eye recently:

Dr. Justin Marquis talks about the difference between "custom" textbooks and custom textbooks.

Richard Byrne points to an open math supplement, which reminded us that one of the benefits of using a custom text is that you can choose your own supplements from anywhere on the internet (or even create your own).

Nelly DeSa, a student, writes about the Textbook Pinch.

And finally Ken Ronkowitz at Serendipity35 asks if your students are buying the textbook...

Interested in building a custom textbook or supplementary workbook for your class? Check us out at  AcademicPub. Interested in the latest breaking news in education and technology? Want to keep updated with what's going on at AcademicPub? Follow us on your social network of choice, whether that's TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn.

Monday, November 7, 2011

AcademicPub Poll

Thank you for taking the time to answer our poll. Feel free to leave comments! And be sure to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook and to visit us on the web!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

AcademicPub Survey

We have a short survey up that we'd love you take, you needn't be a registered user to answer it...

(Note: Survey updated on 11/3/11)

Friday, October 28, 2011

End of Day Links for October 28th, 2011

A roundup of things from around the web this week that we considered interesting:

Sherly Nussbaum-Beach gives a rigorous defense of just that, rigor.

Ideas for how to overcome socio-economic issues involved with Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) from The Innovative Educator.

The CITE notes a new survey on Academic ebooks from the University of California Libraries.

A. Graham Down asks Do Students Need Depth More than Breadth?

Drew Olanoff at The Next Web says that The Future of Education Lies in Technology.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for a consistently updated stream of the latest news and views in higher education. And of course visit us on the web at www.academicpub.com to consider a customized course book for your class!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Twitter Roundup for October 26th, 2011

A roundup of some of our favorite #highered tweets as of late:

Journals, blogs &social media maximize impact by increasing ‘academic footprint’ 

I have said this for quite awhile. Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning

Will there be a day while I'm still a student that I could have all my textbooks on an iPad?

Colleges Use Custom Textbooks to Cut Overall Student Expenses: Students across the nation have been expressing t...

Books vs. Internet: Whose Information Is More Accurate? | Publishing Perspectives

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Interested in AcademicPub? Perhaps on account of our more than 100 publishing partners? Or maybe because we have over 2 million pieces of content? Or our easy to use platform for creating custom textbooks in hard copy or e-book format. Why not check out a webinar?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

End of Day Links for 10/20/11 (AcademicPub and Custom Books Edition)

We found a number of recent blog posts this week from around the web talking about the future of textbooks. Unsurprisingly, and happily, they all mention AcademicPub and the power of custom course book creation:

I Know, They Made You Take This Class marvels at the idea of custom textbooks for $15 and asks about students and books compiled by instructors.

DDD/JOURNAL notes that AcademicPub could be a great way to create "school or regional specific textbooks" that adhere to the new Common Core in k12.

Joel Gehman says that the recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education caught his eye.

PROVisions believes it's time for college professors to rejoice.

Test Drive Grade School Online announces that custom textbooks are the next textbook revolution.

Finally, Baltimore Fishbowl asks if textbooks can get cheaper by going digital.*

*(Answer: Yes!)

As always, be sure to keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn for updates on what we're up to and news from around the world of education.

Friday, October 14, 2011

End of Day Links, 10/14/11 Resources for Faculty Edition

Advice from around the web that could be helpful to professors:

Communications and Higher Education has a great list of resources for junior faculty members at her blog.

College Ready Writing talks about work-life balance.

NEXT further discusses time management.

Faculty Focus has a feature on student engagement in the college classroom

FemaleScienceProfessor suggests encouraging your students to complain early and often if they are unhappy with class.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for an consistently updated stream of the latest news affecting professors, ed tech, academic publishing, and higher education in general. And follow us on Facebook or join our discussion group on LinkedIn to keep abreast of our conference appearances and lots of exciting news about AcademicPub!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Our Content Library

Perhaps you saw the recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that featured AcademicPub in a discussion of digital tools that are helping make textbooks more affordable?

Ready to be even more excited about the platform?

Well, did you know that Academic Pub's Content Library features:
  • Over 100 Publishers Including:
    • Cambridge University Press
    • Elsevier
    • Princeton University Press
    • Taylor & Francis
    • American Institute of Physics
  • More than two million pieces of content available.
  • Content search by Title, Discipline, Topics, Author, Provider, or Industry.
  • Real-time copyright clearance.
  • Real-time, transparent pricing
  • The ability to combine with materials from anywhere such as web articles and lecture notes.
Interested? Visit us today.

For a full list of content providers click here.

And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest and greatest developments in our platform and in higher education technology .

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AcademicPub Now Has Over 100 Publishing Partners


Higher Education Unit of SharedBook Inc. Adds Elsevier to Content Library, 
Signs "White Label" Deal with Kendall Hunt

New York, NY, October 12, 2011 - AcademicPub ™, which since its April 2011 launch has been leading a revolution in how course content is assembled and distributed to college students, today announced it has reached the significant milestone of signing 100 publisher partners for its widely available educator platform.

And, in a first for AcademicPub, the higher education unit of SharedBook Inc. will provide Kendall Hunt Publishing Company with a "white label" custom publishing solution, enabling the venerable Dubuque, Iowa firm to offer its content with multiple sales and fulfillment options.

Both announcements were made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharedBook Inc.

A newly inked AcademicPub partnership with Elsevier, along with recently signed deals with ASTD (American Society for Training and Development), Berghahn Books, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, IOP Publishing and University Press of Florida bring the six-month-old publishing platform to the 100 mark in publisher partners, a complete list of which is available here.

"Our research has shown that higher education instructors are as concerned as students with the high costs inherent in traditional textbooks," said Vanderlip. "Now faculty members have a way to address that problem, by utilizing our proprietary technology to gain access to more than 2 million units of high-quality, copyright-cleared content, and then to assemble, compose, price and deliver that content in e-book and/or print format."

In its push to market earlier this year, AcademicPub also learned that some publishers might prefer to enhance the availability of their content through a custom platform. This led to today's related announcement, a "white label" arrangement with industry stalwart Kendall Hunt.

"The Kendall Hunt Custom Publishing Solutions Program was already one of the best in the business, and I am confident that it will be greatly enhanced by this new partnership with us," said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent SharedBook Inc.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, Sharedbook Inc.'s technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in e-book and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Twitter Round Up for October 5th, 2011

The best parts of our twitter output for our blog readers from the past few days:

Follow our stream directly on Twitter @AcademicPub

Why do some people learn faster?
Can Apple Products Pave the Way for Personal Learning?
How will academic journal publishers respond to open access?  
discusses how many scholarly conferences to go to a year

Friday, September 30, 2011

End of Day Links for September 30th, 2011

Some articles that caught our eyes this week regarding higher education:

ProfHacker talks about getting students to write for more than an audience of [n]one.

Inside Higher Ed realizes that "zombies are a good way to get people's attentions" in academic publishing.

Princeton goes open access, stops staff from handing all copyright to journals.

CollegeBound reflects on a report that finds that part-time college students rarely graduate.

And finally, Historiann wonders about college vs. "the real world."

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @AcademicPub and on Facebook too!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tweet Roundup for September 23, 2011

A roundup of a number of our tweets from the week for our blog readers:
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

End of Day Links for September 20th, 2011

A few education related articles that have piqued our interest lately:

HackedEducation talks about Facebook and GPAs.

USNews notes that business schools are increasingly requiring students to study ethics.

An examination of what lessons can be learned in higher education from Netflix's recent flubs at Inside HigherEd.

And finally the NY Times has an interesting piece about football at the University of Chicago.

Want a constant stream of the most informative article about education? Follow @academicpub on Twitter. Be sure to also like us on Facebook!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

End of Day Links for September 15th, 2011

Some education links that have caught our eye recently:

Mind/Shift notes that IBM Has Started its Own High School in New York City.

ELearnSpace discusses the "Duplication Theory" of Educational Value.

Higher Ed Costs Are Rising Faster Than Inflation according to the Commonfund Institute. (.pdf file)

The NY Times wonders What If the Secret to Success is Failure?

Community Colleges Can Expect Budget Cuts, Higher Tuition according to a study out of the University of Alabama. (.pdf file)

Be sure to follow us on twitter @AcademicPub for a stream of always up to date notes and thoughts on the world of education.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who Can Benefit From Custom Text Books?

We're often asked by professors if custom publishing is right for them. While we steadfastly believe that it is right for every type of instructor we have noticed that certain disciplines lend themselves particularly well to services like AcademicPub.

First are those involved with Politics, Current Affairs, or Government; subjects that require consistently updated textbooks. Often professors in these fields complain that textbooks get old quickly; that they have to switch books entirely all too often between years or be caught teaching now irrelevant content. In some extreme cases this has pushed those instructors away from textbooks entirely, but for many there is a great attractiveness in the concept of being able to simply switch out a few chapters each year while retaining the same general form of a textbook.

Then there are professors in Media, Marketing, and Advertising. Many of these instructors find themselves consistently providing their own material and relying more on scholarly articles plucked from multiple sources. The ability to pull from multiple sources into a single text can be extraordinary attractive to academics in that situation.

The third type of instructor teaches TOEFL/ESL/ESOL. Often we hear complaints about finding books that truly teach conversational English (particularly localized conversational English). This dilemma forces these teachers to look elsewhere for materials. Often they express a desire to create their own workbook.
Have you published a custom book? What's your field and how has it helped you? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cambridge University Press and ecch Headline Ten New Partnerships For AcademicPub



New York, NY, September 13th, 2011. Cambridge University Press and ecch (The European Case Clearing House) are among a global group of partners who have just signed deals to present their world-class content to college and graduate school faculty users of AcademicPubTM, the higher education unit of SharedBook Inc.

Cambridge University Press, a unit of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom (UK), publishes some of the finest academic and educational writing from around the world. The world's oldest publisher, its stated purpose is to "further the University's objective of advancing knowledge, education, learning and research."

By signing with ecch, AcademicPub gains access to materials from 50 more content providers - including Babson, INSEAD, London Business School, Stanford and Thunderbird — as ecch houses the "largest collection of management case study materials to be found in the world." Dedicated to promoting case study-based learning in the management discipline, ecch facilitates the exchange of these materials on behalf of its member schools; its addition effectively doubles the number of partners providing content to AcademicPub.

Element K and Vanderbilt University Press have also agreed to be part of the AcademicPub platform, as have Florida Institute of Government; Global Professional Publishing; Information Age Publishers; the International Monetary Fund (IMF); LFB Scholarly Publishing; and strategy+business magazine, published by Booz & Company.

AcademicPub has been steadily adding publishers since its April 2011 launch. Princeton University Press and CRC Press, a division of Taylor and Francis, were among a group of partners announced last month. A complete list of all AcademicPub publishing partners can be found here.

Today's announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook Inc., who has spearheaded an AcademicPub-led revolution in how content is assembled and distributed to college students in the U.S. and, eventually, around the globe.

"Our original idea was simple: to leverage our technology platform at SharedBook Inc., which we have used for more than seven years in consumer and enterprise publishing, and make it work for faculty members who want to provide students the very best content at the lowest possible price," said Vanderlip.

Added Vanderlip: "What we've found is that simple ideas can also be profound — and potentially game-changing — especially in a market that is searching for quality materials to be delivered in real-time, copyright-cleared, easy-to-use formats, at affordable prices. We are thrilled with the embrace of our product across the entire chain, from content publishers to faculty users to students."

The highly sophisticated uses of the AcademicPub search engine by faculty members have spurred SharedBook Inc. to accelerate a new release of its search engine, as more instructors demonstrate an inclination not only to search across platform and discipline, but also to incorporate timely Web materials and relevant content from their peers. With the breadth of materials now available in the Content Library, the new search engine's abilities to sort and filter by type adds speed and even more usability to the platform. It is now faster and easier for educators to explore and identify exactly what is most relevant for their students.

About AcademicPub
AcademicPub, Sharedbook Inc.'s technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in e-book and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs

Monday, September 12, 2011

End of Day Links for September 12th, 2011

A roundup of the education news and essays that we've been reading:

The College Solution looks at college cost calculators and notes wildly different answers.

10 Ideas to Lower University Press Book Prices from Insider Higher Ed's Blog U.

There's a new study out from the Pew Research Center surveying both adults in general and presidents of colleges about the digital revolution and higher education.

For all the best in breaking news in the world of #highered be sure to follow us on twitter @AcademicPub.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

End of Day Links for September 7th, 2011

Some notable articles about the world of education that have caught our eye recently:

Katie Bachmeier at the Dakota Student writes that As Textbook Costs Increase, Students Find Other Alternatives to Acquire Books and Save.

Wired Campus reports that JSTOP has opened up U.S. Journal Content From Before 1923.

The issues of English as the Academic Lingua Franca are explored by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten in Inside Higher Ed.

Lynn O'Shaugnessy gives us 20 Surprising Higher Education Facts.

Finally, the Innovative Educator lists 25 Incredible Assistive Technologies.

Be sure to follow us on twitter @AcademicPub for a consistently updated stream of the latest and most important education news.

And if you're interested in learning more about AcademicPub we suggest you sign up for one of our Webinars, which will guide you through the entire process of how to create custom books for your classes.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

End of Day Links for August 31st

The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss says it's all about the (boring) content.

Richard Lee Colvin at The Quick and the Ed talks about the expenses incurred switching institutions and taking the longer road towards getting one's degree.

Inside Higher Ed notes that A Year After School, Most Say College Is Worth It.

The Chronicle (registration required) explains why financial literacy is the key to success for low income students.

And finally, Eric Sheninger talks about Advancing Mobile Phones as Learning Devices.

Want a constant stream of the most interesting education stories from around the web? Follow us @academicpub on Twitter.

AcademicPub and the Creation of Custom Course Textbooks

We always love to hear positive feedback, that's why we were absolutely thrilled to receive this testimonial outlining some of the benefits AcademicPub can provide to professors developing custom course books for their classes.

The following comes from Dr. Tom Gardner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus:
I am a professor who, on more than one occasion in the past, has taught custom courses for which there was no clearly applicable text, and who has had to haggle with publishers over the use of copyrighted content. In the end, I had to make do with teaching the courses using assorted handouts and lecture only, which was a disservice both the to students and to the nature of the material I was trying to present. 

Having recently seen a demonstration of AcademicPub at a national American Chemical Society conference, I was impressed by its ability to clear copyrights in a matter of moments from its library of source material.  When combined with content provided by the author in PDF or MS Word format and content from the WWW, a suitable textbook can be constructed with relative ease compared to traditional publishing.  The system also provides live tracking of royalty costs during the compilation of material, making it easier to select materials that will keep the end product affordable to students.  Naturally, all of the advantages of a custom text apply as well, most notably the timeliness of the material, which has become an expectation of today's Internet Age students.

Friday, August 26, 2011

End of Day Links for August 26th

Some links that caught our eye this week:

Lora Helvie-Mason discusses some websites to consider using in your teaching.

States are pushing to teach personal finance in schools, reports US News.

A number of universities are looking to digitize works classified as free use.

Student loans now outpace credit card debt, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dan Klamm at Mashable gives us three tips for teachers using social media in the classroom.

Be sure to follow @AcademicPub on Twitter for consistently updated and breaking news regarding trends in education from cost to technology.

AcademicPub Mentioned in Inside Higher Ed

 From an article about the rise of custom alternatives to traditional coursebooks:
AcademicPub, lets professors build "textbooks" by pulling content from the Web, clearing copyright in real time when necessary; from its own library, which includes pre-cleared content from a number of academic publishers; and from the professors' own files. As the professor builds the book, AcademicPub keeps a running tally of how much it will cost for students. If a professor thinks the price of the book is getting too high, she can ax certain parts or substitute in content from open sources.
 You can read the whole article here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Publish Your Work in Our Library Via The Scholar Collection

Educators can use AcademicPub to create engaging, dynamic custom textbooks for their courses. Often, of course, part of the process of creating a successful custom book  involves creating your own content.

But did you know that you can easily add your own content,  to our content library so others can benefit from it too? And, even better, AcademicPub will collect and remit royalty payments directly to you when your writings are adopted for use.

You can read more about The Scholar Collection here and here. When you’re ready, simply fill out this form and fax it via the number provided. Feel free to contact our support team with any questions you might have.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upcoming Conferences

We'll be attending the following conferences:

2011 APSA Annual
Meeting and Exhibition

Sept. 1-4
Booth #425
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA
Debra Exum, National Accounts Manager

Fall 2011 ACS National
Meeting & Exposition

Aug. 29 - 31
Booth #1904
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Debra Exum, National Accounts Manager

So if you'll be in Seattle or Denver during those times be sure to come and say hi!

End of Day Links for August 22nd, 2011

As a new feature on the AcademicPub Blog we’ll be sharing a number of links that caught our eye a few times a week.

George Courous examines the battle between content and process and decides that, really, "there is no fight at all."

Wondering about image copyrights? Miguel Guhlin

Be sure to follow @academicpub on twitter for regularly updated links to stories and articles about the world of education.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Improving Student Engagement Through Social Media

With the beginning of a new semester almost here, it’s a great time to focus on creating meaningful learning experiences for new and returning students. The recent national spotlight on improving graduation and retention rates for college students makes it more important than ever that we find ways to support increased student success. Both the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) were designed to measure student engagement and discover best practices at colleges and universities across the country. According to CCSSE, “research shows that the more actively engaged students are — with college faculty and staff, with other students, and with the subject matter — the more likely they are to learn and to achieve their academic goals.” Professors and student affairs professionals must find ways to actively engage students both inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of approaches and tools, including technology.

With the ever-growing use of social media among students, many educators are looking for ways to utilize it to support student engagement efforts. There are as many ways to incorporate the technology as there are social media platforms available. Here are just a few examples:

Derek Bruff, a math lecturer and assistant director of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, discusses the use of a “backchannel” in class discussions on his blog and in a recent New York Times article. This use of social media takes a student’s tendency to get involved in social media discussions that distract from class and turns it to a focus on contributing to in-class conversation and learning. One example would be have students use their smartphones or laptops to post to a discussion board or Twitter at the same time you are conducting an in-class discussion or lecture. You would project the “backchannel” Twitter or discussion board feed on the screen and refer to it for questions and comments by your students.

Adding class blogs to the curriculum is another way to utilize social media in support of learning outcomes. Professor Alex Mueller utilizes them in his upper level English courses as a way to extend class discussion in completely new directions. A recent UMass-Boston EdTech Newsletter details some of the ways this allows students to produce writing and then participate in an on-going comment stream with feedback to refine their ideas and concepts.

Campus organizations and student clubs are using Facebook pages and groups to communicate, sharing ideas for events, sending out reminders of meeting times and offering a place where new students can find out more about them. Some clubs have even gone completely online – one example is detailed in a recent Braintrack article about supporting online students that shares information from Pennsylvania State University’s Online Psychology Club.

With new social media platforms and ways to connect within existing course software, this will be a growing area in the focus to improve student engagement. Please use the comment section to share successful examples for using social media on your campus to support student success and engagement. Do you have ideas you’d like to try but haven’t yet implemented? We look forward to continuing to explore this issue in future posts.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Using Technology to Enhance Critical Thinking

Hiring managers are quick to point out that many students enter the professional work force lacking the writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary for today’s competitive environment. Recent research sponsored by The Association of American Colleges and Universities entitled Raising the Bar: Employers’ Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn highlights an increased need for “written and oral communication; critical thinking and analytic reasoning; the application of knowledge and skills in real-world settings; complex problem solving; ethical decision making, and teamwork skills.” Here are a couple of examples of how technology is being employed to address these issues.

Hunter College faculty members discuss how they incorporate wikis and other tools to support collaborative problem-solving in the their classes.

Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City) hosts a Critical Thinking Project web site that allows instructors to share resources across all areas of the college curriculum.

How do you use technology to enhance critical thinking skills and prepare your students for the world of work?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's a small world, and it's getting smaller...

My alma mater recently announced that its five-year fundraising program had ended (thankfully!) and the goal had been surpassed: $3.88 Billion!  Vowing not to spend it all in one place, they also mentioned that among their primary objectives was to ensure every undergraduate would be afforded the chance to study abroad during the college years.  Where was this when I was in school?

It's a wise move, actually.  The world is changing.  Thomas Friedman will tell you it's flat, and it's also smaller than ever. As a result, college graduates are entering a global job market with greater opportunity and a different set of demands than faced by previous generations of professional job seekers.  Study and work abroad programs provide good experience and improve students’ career prospects at home particularly when they compete for slots with global companies.

Research from The Open Doors project at The Institute of International Education (IEE) indicates that over 260,000 U.S. students studied abroad in 2008-09, about double the amount of a decade earlier.  Almost half of these students were social science or business/management majors, the students most likely to apply to global corporations for entry-level positions.

Besides traditional study abroad programs, international internships, typically for college credit, provide perspective and experience for students to become competitive in today’s job market while they build cross-cultural knowledge and global skills.  NAFSA: Association of International Educators supports many programs to support this goal and provides support to colleges worldwide.

What types of programs does your college offer to prepare students for this global environment?  What specific activities does your department or course use to prepare students to compete internationally?  Share your ideas here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Share Your Work with the AcademicPub Scholar Collection

When you create your custom course materials with AcademicPub, you can add articles, assignments and textbook chapters you have authored as well as using items from our Content Library and the Web. This is a great way for you to give your own students the very best learning materials.

And now, there is an easy way for you to expand that impact. By adding your work to the AcademicPub Scholar Collection, you can share your independently-authored materials, articles and academic research with other professors around the world. 

The system is designed so you can set the royalty payment that you would like to receive from the works you submit for use in the Content Library, and AcademicPub will collect and remit the royalty payments directly to you. Your works will be included in the available content for your discipline, and made available to registered users of the AcademicPub service.

Visibility of the Scholar Collection content is enhanced as it is included in recommendations as generated by our recommendation engine and presented to peers in your discipline. You can also let your academic colleagues know they can access your materials by using AcademicPub.

The process is simple -- just fill out this form and we'll let you know if your content is approved for addition to the Collection. Comment below if you have any questions about this feature or check with our Customer Service department. We hope this new option will help you increase the audience for the important research you've done in your academic discipline and assist you in bringing the work to more people who can benefit from it.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Higher Education Social Media Trends

It isn’t news that students find college to be an engaging social experience, but many colleges and professors are now using social media to improve learning, reach beyond the classroom, and to create collaborative environments that enhance student engagement and achievement.

Let’s look at trends and some ways college educators are using social media to transform the traditional classroom.

· John Orlando, PhD in Integrating Social Media into Online Education in a Faculty Focus blog post http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/integrating-social-media-into-online-education/ provides an interesting discussion of campus learning management systems (LMS), course design, and the use of social media pointing out that social media (blogs, wikis, YouTube videos, etc.) may or may not be integrated into the local LMS creating a range of course management issues and the need for a college-wide social media policy.

· College Ready Writing http://www.collegereadywriting.com/ was founded earlier this year by Dr. Lee E. Skallerup to help students improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Also, there’s a weekly Twitter conversation for faculty to share ideas and best practices on teaching freshman English and composition.

Check back for further discussion of social media in higher education. We will share highlights from research reports, industry information, market trends, and user experiences as they relate to social media usage and trends.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AcademicPub Signs Leading Publishers & Sets Key Distribution Partnership

We are thrilled to announce that Springer is the newest addition to the AcademicPub Content Library. The content from this well-respected, international publisher now brings the total pieces of high quality, in-demand journal articles, business cases, book chapters, and other content in our library to the many hundreds of thousands. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has also joined the platform. Now, instructors have even more content to choose from in the real-time creation of their custom books.

Second, for the for-profit (career college) market, we have partnered with industry leader, Ambassador College Bookstores, to significantly expand the platform’s distribution.

Finally, with the formation of an Academic Advisory Board, we now have a team in place to help us continually improve the platform. 

For more details on these recent developments, see the full press release on our media page located here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Higher Education Trends Driving Custom Books

The adoption of custom books is accelerating on college campuses nationwide. While hard to find precise figures, we estimate that approximately 25% of course materials use custom product that the professor or institution chooses to meet specific course or educational objectives. These custom books can be either print or digital and delivered in a variety of ways.

Here are a couple of things driving this trend—

· Custom books can have a positive impact on areas like business that are combining traditional content and material from other disciplines. See Blueprint for a Better Business Curriculum at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

· Tailoring of content to meet specific demands of students and other constituents. Many college programs work with local industry to tailor work force development specific to that geographic audience. See Economic and Workforce Development, California Community Colleges http://www.cccewd.net/business_training.cfm

Check back for further discussion of custom books in higher education. We will share highlights from research reports, industry information, market trends, and user experiences as they relate to custom content.

Friday, June 10, 2011

AcademicPub visits EduComm

Next week we'll be at the EduComm Conference in Orlando, as an exhibitor in booth 711.  So if you happen to be in the vicinity of the Hilton at Walt Disney World from June 13-15, please drop by.  Deb Exum, our National Accounts Manager will be conducting demonstrations of our platform, and looking to speak with as many folks as we can meet.  Watch this space, and we'll report on the goings on...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Our Content Library Expands to Meet Your Needs

We’re pleased to announce five new publishing partners who have joined our content library. These additional materials give you even more options to build quality, cutting-edge custom course materials. Our new partners are:
  • Ashgate Publishing, a United Kingdom-based independent press dedicated to publishing the finest academic materials in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Business Expert Press, a comprehensive resource for business education with applied, concise books by experts for non-experts.
  • Peter Lang Publishing/USA, the North American division of the Peter Lang International Publishing Group, which specializes in the publication of advanced textbooks in education, media and communication, and Black studies for classroom use, as well as monographs in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Rand Corporation, a nonprofit institution that conducts research and analysis in numerous disciplines.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.
These publishers join 21 previously announced partners in the AcademicPub Library, bringing the current total of publishing partners to 26 entities, plus various individual textbook authors. Sign up for a free account today at AcademicPub to check the content library for materials you’d like to use to enhance student learning in your classes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Academy of Marketing Science Professors Embrace AcademicPub

The Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) 40th Anniversary Annual Conference was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables last week - over 423 attendees from around the globe, a new AMS record. Throughout the conference professors dropped by to examine AcademicPub and created custom books for their courses at our display table.

Dr. Daniel J. Flint is a marketing professor - Director of the Marketing Ph.D. program and Director of the Shopper Marketing Forum in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  After reviewing our platform, Dr. Flint had very kind words: "I look forward to using the AcademicPub platform to create a custom textbook for this highly specialized niche market. AcademicPub allows me to create my own Shopper Marketing textbook in an expeditious and cost effective way."

Ryan Alverson, an Educational Psychology doctoral student from the University of Alabama, studies with marketing professor Dr. Lenita Davis and both attended the AMS conference. Ryan explains that "the UA Sales Lab is based on solid learning theory which apprentices marketing majors in the selling discipline." Ryan sees AcademicPub as a dynamic learning tool, stating "AcademicPub is an efficient way to put together course materials quickly and easily offering a valuable educational resource."

Dr. Jeff Kimmel has a busy teaching schedule managing multiple online marketing courses at Ashford University, Strayer University and Lynn University.  Dr. Kimmel plans to use AcademicPub for his courses, stating "AcademicPub is easy to use and an extremely quick process to generate an economical resource for students, educators and practitioners. Impressive!"

Overall, it was a very good week for us, and a great chance to speak with so many educators.