To aid in the adoption of eBooks for instruction, here are 10 reasons we hear Gale eBooks on GVRL is uniquely positioned to support instruction and affordability initiatives. In the course of developing this list, we consulted with librarians, faculty partners, as well as our own instructional designers and product managers. This list should clear up the faculty misperceptions we’ve heard – and prove why Gale eBooks on GVRL is ideal for librarians looking to support faculty in their selection of affordable course materials.
- Right Content for Classroom Use. A single purchase of any eBook becomes part of an institution’s permanent collection. Instructional titles can be used to supplement or replace course material for introductory and large enrollment courses – or for more advanced and specialized courses.
- Designed by faculty for faculty. GVRL offers many titles developed by renowned faculty and many have peer review editorial boards.
- Reference reinvented. Having content that can easily be disassembled and combined in new ways as instructors choose to teach their course offers a great way to deliver entire courses or just selected readings.
- Classic favorites. Titles such as American Decades, American Decades: Primary Sources, and The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology are highly used throughout courses such as Introductory U.S. History and Introductory Psychology.
- Interdisciplinary choices. Titles such as International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, Encyclopedia of Religion, and Encyclopedia of Philosophy are interdisciplinary and are used in courses such as World History, Sociology, and Criminal Justice.
- Unique scholarship– The recently released Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series were developed with department and interdisciplinary course needs in mind by renowned educators and rigorous editorial review.
- Collaboration tools. Integrated G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools allow faculty and students to work with tools they are already familiar with without having to purchase additional software.
- No use restrictions. All Gale eBooks offer unlimited, simultaneous access for all users, as well as unlimited downloads, allowing faculty to use GVRL eBooks as supplemental course material for an entire class by all students.
- Persistent URLs. Bookmarked links never change and can be shared with non-users. Faculty can easily embed links into their learning management system, reading list, or course site.
- Customizable collections. Support faculty in their selection of course materials by organizing titles within your collection to create custom title grouping that align with course offerings.
- Increased accessibility. Platform features like Readspeaker Text-to-Speech Technology, allows the library to provide instructional materials to students across different populations. And content can be translated into more than 20 languages to aid non-English speaking students.
- Improve study skills. Functionality to highlight and annotate allows students to be more productive while completing homework assignments.
- Optimized search results. Locating articles or eBooks that align with course content is easy to find via detailed indexing.
- Mobile responsive. GVRL is fully mobile responsive, giving faculty and students access to any title on any device without additional applications.
- Student access and savings. Each year, over 90% of faculty select new materials for their courses, but struggle with placing the financial burden on students. A single-copy purchase of any Gale eBook provides access to everyone, at anytime, with no use restrictions. This ensures that faculty who adopt eBook content into classroom instruction can provide equal access to all students on the first day of class and for semesters to come.