At Stratford University, we strive to ensure students get the most out of their educational experience. In order to minimize the effort students have to put in to acquire their textbooks, Stratford University has implemented a Textbook acquisition and distribution program providing complimentary textbooks for students at Stratford University*.
Our Academic team is committed to removing any barriers for students and ensure academic success. One of the initiatives the team is working on is moving towards primarily using Digital Resources and e-Books. This allows the University to ensure timely access to these resources and also simplify the distribution process. Students benefit from instant access to their eTextbooks, which they can read anytime online or offline.
For some of the courses requiring e-books, students who prefer a print textbook instead can purchase one. The eTextbooks are complimentary, and print textbooks will cost the difference between the eTextbook price and the new print book price. For example, if an eTextbook costs $75 and the print textbook costs $100, students will pay $25 plus shipping for a print textbook. Tuition will remain unchanged.
Understand the Distribution Process
The distribution process of Textbooks varies for different formats (electronic Vs print). While majority of the materials are acquired via Ed Map, some course materials maybe directly acquired from OpenSource sources. All such links will be embedded in your course content within Moodle and will not require you to process/confirm the Textbook orders.
Read the FAQs section for specific details.
Frequently Asked Questions
The student’s role in the Textbook distribution process is very critical. For the courses that require processing and validation from students, students start receiving email notifications from Ed Map with guidelines on what needs to be done for each course two weeks prior to the start of the term. Students must take action immediately to complete the process and allow Ed Map to ensure availability of the textbooks on day 1 of the term.
Ed Map is a content strategy and logistics company, with a mission to increase the value of educational content by simplifying its discovery, management and delivery. The mission is aligned with the goals of Stratford University to enhance the teaching and learning environment. Click here to learn more about Ed Map
*For some of the courses where e-books are provided by Stratford University, students have the option to purchase a print copy at a discounted rate. Students will be notified about those courses via email.
Vitalsource is an advanced e-book software that gives you three-way access to your books: online, downloaded and mobile. Notes and highlights automatically stay in sync no matter where you make them.
Stratford University works through Ed Map to acquire the e-books for students and setup accounts for students in the VitalSource system. If your course requires an e-book, your book will show up in your electronic bookshelf before/on day 1 of class as long as you register at least 10 days prior to the start of the term. The details about the account are sent to students via email by Ed Map.
While Ed Map is the primary vendor we work with to acquire all Textbooks, VitalSource is the digital Bookshelf that students use to access and view their e-books. All print Textbooks are shipped to the students by Ed Map and e-books are made available via VitalSource.
Currently, students receive separate credentials for VitalSource and Bookstore account setup by Ed Map. Look for those credentials in your email.
Stratford University is working with Ed Map to improve the student experience and provide access to the different sites via Single Sign On (SSO). This means, students will be able to access all the resources using their Stratford network credentials. This is currently planned for implementation in term 5. IT will be sending out notifications as these changes are made to streamline the student experience.
Please speak to the Student Accounts department at your campus to find out more about this option.
Received an email from Ed Map and having trouble processing your orders?
Contact Ed Map directly to resolve any shopping cart and order processing issues. The representatives are available via email and phone to assist with any issues.
You can also find helpful tutorials and current contact details of Ed Map helpdesk here: http://www.myedmap.com/Storefront/HelpDesk/SFDVS
Don’t see the correct Textbooks in your account?
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any such inquiries. Most inquiries are responded to within 24 hours.
Please note that you will not see the e-book orders until one week prior to the start of the term. Orders for books involving print versions are processed 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the term, while e-book orders are processed one week prior to the start and require no validation/action by students.