LA PLUME — When classes began on Monday, Aug. 24, Keystone College students no longer had to worry about purchasing hard-copy textbooks. That’s because they have access to books they need on a new iPad Air 16GB tablet they received at the start of the semester, through to the new IncludED program being implemented at the college.
The new program, the first of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania, incorporates the cost of texts as part of Keystone’s overall tuition, eliminating the challenge of paying for textbooks at the start of the semester. The college is partnering with Follett Corporation, operators of the Keystone Bookstore, to introduce IncludED. Now, all Keystone students will have the opportunity to download texts through Follett’s BryteWave digital textbook system. Devices will be leased to students for a two-year period, except for seniors who will receive a one-year lease. All students can keep the iPad upon graduating from Keystone. Students also have the option of using their own tablets or computers to access digital course materials.