OF ALL THE THINGS…
Of all the things that can be done with an eye toward student success, perhaps none is more important than ensuring every student has the instructional materials they need, without limitations or delays. And getting content into student’s hands comes down to essentially one thing: cost. It’s time to remove cost as a barrier to student success. Hero helps you get there, and stay there forever. Here’s how:
FIRST: ELIMINATE COST OBSCURITY ON YOUR CAMPUS
Hero makes it impossible for an educator to not know the price of the content they are using. The majority of faculty report not actually knowing the cost of the content they adopt. This happens for a variety of reasons. For one, they receive content for free from the publisher and then simply require it of their students with no cost awareness along the way. This gap in awareness has allowed the price of content to skyrocket to the point of inaccessibility, causing millions of students to forego the purchase of content and even forego their initial career path. Hero closes this gap entirely. Our visual course materials display shows faculty the cost of every piece of content they adopt. It may sound too simple, but this is the first, and most pivotal step in the content revolution.
SECOND: USE NEWFOUND COST AWARENESS TO CREATE A CONVERSATION
Once educators are aware of the price of each piece of content they adopt, they have the foundational knowledge to perform value assessments and exploration of alternatives based on cost. For example: “The book you have adopted will cost your students approximately $210 each. Are you aware that if you get this same book digitally, it may cost just $85 per student? Also, would you like to see the highest rated textbook in this category which costs students only $40?” These types of questions carry no meaning without first being aware of cost. But once transparency is provided at the critical point of decision making, performing further assessment on the basis of cost and value comes naturally and can put your campus on a trajectory of lower cost, higher value content which becomes the new normal.
THIRD: PROVIDE AS MUCH CONTENT IN ONE PLACE AS POSSIBLE
The value conversation becomes meaningful when faculty are connected to an array of content options and alternatives in one place. Finding quality content across a fragmented marketplace is not easy. Hero tries to make sense of the fragmented content market, and puts discovery atop cost awareness a keystone of your content strategy. Faculty can save time and get results by looking to your campus as the primary resource for content discovery and procurement.
FOURTH: CAPTURE THE DATA AND IMPROVE THE CYCLE
With Hero you see the spectrum of information necessary to understand at a department and campus level where your content strategy is succeeding and where it is falling short. Are faculty adopting in advance of the term to procure content at the best prices? What is the response to digital offerings and lower alternatives? Are students being made aware of the content required in each course? Is the campus in compliance with HEOA? Hero tells the story. What is measured can be improved, and Hero brings transparency and data, often for the first time, to these critical content processes.
CONTENT CREATORS NEEDED
Hero will soon be used by over 200 universities. We are calling for content creators large and small to give educators the information they need to make better decisions about their course materials. If you’re a content creator, within Hero you can verify that your content is accurately represented, attach supplements and other ancillary items to your core content (power points, videos, external links, etc), and even map your content to other “like” content across the network. Any content creator, large or small, is invited to Hero to be discovered, while enriching the content discovery process.
Hero is easy to deploy and instantly changes the content landscape on your campus with:
- Full Adoptions Management
- Course Materials Discovery & Analysis
- Faculty, Student & Campus Communication
- Inclusive Access Materials
- OER & Alternative Content
- HEOA Compliance Abilities
- Campus Integration with Single Sign On
- Publisher Resources
- Bookstore Integration
- Library Integration
- Faculty Commons
- Customized Student Booklist
- Price Comparison Shopping
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