Meeting for textbook coordinators to focus on management system

January 24, 2014  

Textbook coordinators on the West Lafayette campus are invited to a meeting Monday (Jan. 27) to learn about a system that makes information about required textbooks and materials readily available to students.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. Discussion will include how to submit information about textbook and course material requirements to the management system.

The system, which went live in November, is accessible through the University's online class scheduling tool. It links information about textbook and course materials requirements to section information about courses that represent 123 subject areas, says Cheryl Arroyo, associate registrar.

In turn, the requirements are available through the myPurdue portal, which includes a myTextbooks page. There, students can access a consolidated list of textbooks and course materials associated with their individual class schedules.

The Office of the Registrar and the Student Systems Competency Center, which is within ITaP's Application Services, worked with more than 80 textbook coordinators in academic departments across campus to compile and organize the information.

For summer and fall 2014, Purdue officials hope the system will offer complete and accurate textbook information for all non-independent study courses, says Frank Dooley, associate vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs.

Textbook coordinators can use spreadsheets to submit information about textbook and materials requirements. Soon, the Student Systems Competency Center will offer a Web-based system departments can use to submit such information.

More information will be available at the meeting. Questions about the management system should be directed to Arroyo at

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