A.C.M.E. Event (Affordable Course Material Education)

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Hear firsthand from students and faculty on what Wichita State's inclusive access program, Access Now, looks like!  Meet and talk with course materials representatives, enjoy a live demo from Vital Source and more!  For more information, visit wichita.edu/affordabilityforum or email accessnow@wichita.edu. Open to all, no RSVP necessary.

Date: Monday, April 18 or Tuesday, April 19
Location: Rhatigan Student Center Room 142
9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Educational Sessions)
1-3 p.m. (Vendor/Publisher Village)



  • FOCUS: Affordable course material options, including Access Now and Equitable Access.
    • General Sessions (9AM – 1PM)
      • 9AM: Introductions and overview of day and Access Now program (Andi Stipp, Shocker Store)
      • 9:15AM: VitalSource Digital Bookshelf Overview – review student experience, features, faculty analytics, etc. (Cary Caldwell, Digital Development Account Representative, Verba|VitalSource)
      • 10AM: Faculty Panel (varies by day) – Faculty share their experience with Access Now
      • 10:30AM: Student Panel (varies by day)- Students share their experiences with Access Now
      • 11AM: The Future of Affordable Course Materials (Kathleen Hayes, Director of Institutional Partnerships, VitalSource) – Current trends in the market, enhancements to the current VitalSource Bookshelf experience: Coach Me, Equitable Access (EA).
      • 12PM: BREAK
  • Publisher Affordability Fair (1PM-3PM):– meet with various publishers and review what is necessary to establish content in Blackboard for Access Now, updates on publisher content, learn what’s new.


 Parking Info

  • Visitors should look to park in lot just South of the Rhatigan Student Center or in the parking garage adjacent to the Rhatigan Student Center.
  • Visitors may park in the surface lot for free, but may not park in the red reserved spaces.
  • The parking garage is available at an hourly rate of $1.50 per hour, debit/credit card only. You may park on levels 2, 3, or 4. You must know your license plate number.
  • Campus parking map & rules/regulations

Vendor Village - 1-3 p.m. daily (RSC second floor)

 Visit the Vendor Village, a tabling event featuring publishers who also offer affordable student solutions to course materials.

 Thank you to our presenters!

  • Cengage
  • McGraw Hill
  • Pearson
  • Verba | VitalSource