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What's the difference between Persuall and VitalSource Bookshelf?
Perusall is a collaborative eTextbook platform. It requires you to create an online subject, add eTextbooks by searching the catalogue of available titles, then share the course link with students. Subject coordinators can also upload their own copyright compliant or creative licensed readings to their Perusall subject so students have access to a suite of materials.
VitalSource Bookshelf is a less social or collaborative eTextbook platform. To provide students access to their eTextbooks, subject coordinators can search the Unimelb VitalSource storefront for the eTextbook and then log a job via ServiceNow to have the link to the eTextbook created for their Canvas subject.
This table may help you decide which platform is best for your students and subject.
|Study tools (eg. Annotating, highlighting, bookmarks, notes)|
|Collaboration features (team annotating. and commenting, discussion threads)|
|Downloading and printing||Publisher dependent|
|Search and navigation functionality|
|Accessibility (Read Aloud)||TBA|
|Ability to create references||TBA|
|Ability to rent and purchase||TBA|
|Number of devices to access||2 computers AND 2 mobile devices||Unlimited|
|Require to create an account|
|Use Textbook extensions (eg. Publisher Question Banks)|
|Students ownership of eText||Ongoing access (and 1000 days rent)||Ongoing access|
|24/7 support services||TBA|
|Analytics to assess student progress|
|Integration and compatibility with the Canvas LMS|
Note: If you intend your students to use the Perusall functionality in your teaching practice, it is advised that students purchase through Perusall rather than other channels (eg. publisher websites).