CLA and Kortext have successfully collaborated on multiple projects, but who are Kortext, how do they work, and what do they do? Read this week’s blog post to get the rundown from Kortext themselves.
Kortext is a world-leading personal learning platform providing access to over half a million digital textbooks content from over 1,000 of the world’s leading education publishers, including Wiley, Pearson, Elsevier, McGraw Hill, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. The Kortext platform can also provide access to OER material and allows students to create a truly personal bookshelf by downloading course packs, lecture notes, presentation slides, and other subject relevant content, as well as personal ebooks.
The user experience is paramount at Kortext and the platform provides students with an enhanced learning experience through its range of smart learning tools. Allowing users to annotate their texts, view interactive content and collaborate with peers, students can connect with content in a way that is far more engaging than anything offered by a printed book.
Kortext also provides access to powerful learning analytics dashboards, which create detailed data sets on how, when and which digital content is being used. These data sets help provide a deeper insight into learning habits and can be used to help inform decision making and create personalised learning paths.
Kortext is rapidly being adopted around the world, from single course or institution to country wide provision. Being a scalable, cloud-based platform means that access can benefit an entire population as countries strive to develop as ‘Smart Nations’, such as the recent Egyptian Knowledge Bank initiative. Kortext also partners with global technology companies such as Microsoft, HP and Samsung to accelerate the adoption of digital learning.
Kortext HQ is based in Bournemouth, otherwise known as Silicon Beach, which is fast becoming the new digital hub in the UK. We also have a lot of employees spread across the globe, in places including Canada, Australia and various parts of Europe. As many of our employees are miles apart and in different time zones, we use Agile Methodology to keep our development work organised. This method of working means work is completed in ‘sprints’, which allows teams to break down tasks into incremental parts, allowing for a much greater visibility and organisation.
The Kortext app can be used on a range of different devices, which include Mac, iOS, Windows, Android. It allows students to Highlight important text in your ebooks, write notes, bookmark pages, and work collaboratively. With one of the latest updates, students now have the ability to produce citations within the app.
In September 2017, Kortext and the CLA teamed up to launch the Digital Content Store (DCS). The DCS is an optional innovative rights, technology and content platform for Higher Education and is part of the Higher Education Licence. The DCS, at its core, is a searchable repository of PDF extracts created by HEIs and a workflow management tool, simplifying access and processes. The repository is populated with over 120,000 content items, which have been downloaded by students over 1.5 million times. Currently, 45% of full-time students in the UK now access CLA licensed content for their courses via secure DCS links.
After the success of this first project, both companies agreed to acquire the rebus:list Reading List Management System from PTFS Europe, a leading supplier of the Koha library management system and other products to the library market. This has now been rebranded as KeyLinks, which was announced at the start of 2018 and will be available for purchase in the autumn of 2018. Great progress has been made in developing the system so far and several new features have already been completed including reading priority tags, list templates and sub-lists. Each new feature is designed to provide users with greater efficiencies in their current management of resources.