OCR today announced a two-year extension to its free A Level eBooks offer, delivered in partnership with Hodder and OUP, following the popularity of this year’s scheme.
The announcement was made by OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe at the Sixth Form Colleges Forum Summer Conference in Liverpool.
OCR's free eBooks scheme is a ground-breaking initiative to support students and teachers at A Level. It applies to all schools and colleges teaching A Levels, not just those that currently use OCR's AS and A2 qualifications. The two-year extension will give continuity to teachers and students who have already integrated these online resources successfully this year. It gives others another chance to get started with the scheme.
Since the scheme was launched last September, over 375,000 free AS and A2 eBooks have been ordered by cost-conscious schools and colleges. According to research OCR commissioned earlier this year, accessibility and portability are the greatest benefits of eBooks, especially for students. 65% of subject heads confirmed that their students benefit from being able to study out of the classroom by accessing free eBooks either directly through one of the publisher websites or through a school’s VLE. The eBooks are also benefitting teachers who use the eBooks to plan and prepare lessons. Over 70% found the eBooks easy or very easy to order.
We are improving the scheme all the time. Working in partnership with Hodder and OUP, the choice of eBooks has grown. eBooks in over 30 different subjects are now available for the 2012/13 year. We’ve also taken on board feedback and made it easier for schools and colleges to order large numbers of eBooks.
Mark Dawe said: "There’s been a huge take-up of eBooks and I am delighted to be able to confirm that this support will be around for two further years. We know that students and teachers are benefitting from free access to these high-quality online resources and we are working all the time to explore new and exciting resources to support schools and colleges in the run up to the launch of new A Levels in 2014.
Take a look: www.ocr.org.uk/ebooks.