Chegg.com to Offer Course Planning System
Sellers of textbooks are adopting new strategies to sell books by integrating their wares into various kinds of educational platforms. Barnes & Noble and McGraw Hill are partnering with Blackboard to integrate digital textbooks with the an online course management system used by many colleges. CourseSmart has a similar program that is being tested at 10 universities.
Chegg, the largest textbook rental company, is the latest company to expand its services beyond books. In yesterday’s press release, Chegg.com announced that they have acquired the start-up CourseRank, a scheduling system for college students. CourseRank not only helps students schedule each semester, it also helps them plan their entire college career, rate courses, and find classes with friends.
“We’re excited to be part of the number-one online textbook rental company in such a hot space,” said Filip Kaliszan, Co-Founder and CEO of CourseRank. “We share Chegg’s commitment to using technology to make life easier and cheaper for college kids, and we are excited about expanding our reach to more schools, adding many new features in the next few months.”
Although Chegg says that the new integrated system is “still in beta,” it will apparently allow students to find books to rent directly from their free CourseRank account.
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