Follett recently announced plans to acquire BetterKnow Inc., a web-based platform that assembles college course materials and delivers them to students for purchase online. Follett will have the BetterKnow course material technology integrated for use this fall.
The BetterKnow technology gathers course materials from a variety of sources, including traditional textbooks, digital materials, open-source content, and video, and allows instructors to select the items that work best for them. Students then go to eFollett.com to find the required materials, compare prices across content formats and channels, choose their preferred format option, and make their purchases.
The integrated technology will also support includED, a program Follett launched in January to provide college students with required course materials as part of tuition or fees. The program delivers both print and digital materials from any publisher and can be used for individual courses, across a department, or for the entire institution.
In addition, if Follett has an existing on-campus location, that store will be able to coordinate the purchase with a student’s financial aid account.