Springer Announces It Will Negotiate Special Pricing With MOOC Organizers For Print Books and Ebooks
Effective immediately, the organizers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can negotiate special rates regarding the purchase of Springer print and eBooks. Students who have registered for a free online course can order these books through a special URL. Additional types of content, for example journal articles, can also be provided for use as course material at a reduced rate.
Since the organizer – as a rule, a university – has negotiated the usage conditions, Springer provides it with an access-controlled URL that leads to the selected book. For the duration of the MOOC, all registered students can purchase the book at a discount.
MOOC instructors can request course material which is specially tailored to their MOOC students. Furthermore, Springer authors can publish a new edition or an adapted version of their own books which meet the specific requirements of their courses.
Last year Springer conducted a number of pilot projects offering textbooks for selected MOOCs in the computer sciences, statistics, medicine and the social sciences. One particularly impressive example was demonstrated by the MOOC organized by the TU Eindhoven, which used the textbook Process Mining. A total of 41,000 students registered for the course and 5,500 wrote the corresponding assignments.
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