Faculty Textbook Resources

The University Bookstore’s textbook rental program provides every undergraduate student access to textbooks and course materials, digitally and physically.

 

The Bookstore’s textbook team will hold weekly office hours on Fridays from 1 - 3 p.m., through Sept. 3. If you have questions, stop by during these hours or to schedule a Zoom video call with one of the Bookstore’s textbook managers.

Important information about textbooks and course materials 

  • Digital versions of most textbooks as well as other course materials provided by publishers will be available by the first day of class, via AsULearn Dashboards.
  • Faculty have the flexibility to change their digital rental adoptions each term. Physical textbooks that do not have a digital match with VitalSource will continue to require a two-year adoption.
  • Students will continue to purchase some items, including lab kits, workbooks, one-time use items, course packs, and other items.

How to request textbooks and course materials

Each term, faculty will receive an email from the University Bookstore via the vendor Verba Collect prompting them to submit course material requests.

  • Consider choosing the most recent editions of titles as these are most readily available in digital format.
  • For digital textbooks that include publisher courseware (digital labs, homework, quizzes, etc.) submit the unique digital ISBN.
  • If a digital textbook is not available, a physical textbook will be included through the rental program. Students will order this textbook from the Bookstore as in previous years.
  • Please keep in mind that you have academic freedom to choose whatever learning materials you need. VitalSource will provide those materials to your students digitally when possible and at a greatly reduced cost as part of our textbook rental program.  If you choose not to be a part of this program, please know that textbooks and course materials you select will incur an extra cost to the student.

Important Dates

Summer Session I 2021

February 15: Verba Collect submission window opens.

March 5: Verba Collect submissions due.

May 11: Verba Collect submission window closes — email late course submissions to Betsy Craft and James Howell.

 

Summer Session II 2021

February 15: Verba Collect submission window opens.

March 5: Verba Collect submissions due.

June 14: Verba Collect submission window closes — email late course submissions to Betsy Craft and James Howell.

 

Fall 2021

May 11: Verba Collect submission window opens.

May 28: Verba Collect submissions due.

July 16: Verba Collect submission window closes — email late course submissions to Betsy Craft and James Howell.

 

Spring 2022

October 8: Verba Collect submission window opens.

October 29: Verba Collect submissions due.

December 17: Verba Collect submission window closes — email late course submissions to Betsy Craft and James Howell.

How to add textbooks and course materials links to AsULearn

Each faculty member will need to place the VitalSource link in their AsULearn course whether or not they actively use AsULearn for the course. 

 

  1. Click on your course* in AsULearn.
  2. Turn Editing On located in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Click on “+ Add an activity or resource” where you would like the link to show.
  4. Click the “VitalSource Digital Materials” activity.
  5. Name the Activity “My Materials.”
  6. Click on “Save and return to course.”
Placing VitalSource link in your AsULearn course provides a video tutorial for the steps above.

*If you intend to combine sections in AsULearn by adding course "meta-links,” please contact Betsy Craft or James Howell for assistance.

VitalSource Resources

  • Visit the VitalSource success hub for information about teaching with digital textbooks and course materials.
  • Faculty will be able to access a complimentary digital textbook for assigned content and can also obtain digital desk copies of textbooks that they would like to evaluate for future terms. Learn more about the VitalSource Sampling Platform

Questions?

If you have questions, please start by contacting your department’s textbook coordinator.

 

For additional assistance, please call the University Bookstore at 828-262-3070 or contact one of the Bookstore’s textbook managers:

Betsy Craft

craftef@appstate.edu

 

James Howell

howelljr@appstate.edu

 
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