Edbooks Institutional Case Study

Learn how EdBooks uses its mediabook product design to develop custom courses that are optimized for both online and blended delivery.

Partner: TEL Library


TEL Library is a non-profit, missional organization focused on providing equitable access to high-quality, online courses and e-texts for college credit. To support its mission, TEL Library required a unique blend of innovative learning and content design, technology, and student support. EdBooks was able to address these requirements successfully by leveraging its mediabook products and developing custom content models, technology integrations, and production workflows.

Step 1: Design and Content Planning


EdBooks worked with TEL Library executives to review the organization’s goals, with a particular focus on measurable learning outcomes and affordable content creation and delivery. TEL Library had a vision of making it possible for anyone in the U.S. to complete a year of college credit for approximately $1000. This would mean designing a content and technology model that could provide all-inclusive courses for less than $100 (for three credit hours). The model would need to support flexible instructional models and allow TEL Library to be self-sustaining at scale.

To address these needs, EdBooks designed an online course model that would support the following requirements:

  • A granular mapping of learning outcomes to all course content and assessments
  • A flexible course structure that could adapt easily different term lengths, ranging from 4 weeks to an entire school year
  • A content design model with built-in instructional guides to support self-paced learners
  • A content creation/curation and production workflow that would result in high-quality content and courses and the lowest cost possible
  • Assessments that could test and measure both information acquisition and progress in a variety of skills and competencies


Step 2: Customization


After a successful design phase, EdBooks began working with TEL Library to prototype both course development and technology using its existing mediabooks as a foundation. In this phase, we delivered the desired cost efficiencies for the project by customizing existing EdBooks learning design templates and content creation strategies. Examples of this customization included:

  • Creating a custom lesson template to address the specific study-time constraints dictated by accrediting bodies for college-credit courses;
  • Creating a custom design for media used in TEL Library courses. This design supported best practices in learning science as applied to video and the requirement for low-cost media development;
  • Researching and integrating technology partners to support course-specific needs related to peer-reviewed assignments and online proctoring;
  • Developing a custom production workflow and custom authoring tools to support TEL Library’s requirement for low-cost course development;
  • Customizing EdBooks’ proprietary learning platform to support TEL Library’s requirement for custom institutional sites and both self-paced and blended learning models.


Step 3: Delivery & Implementation


As initial courses were developed, EdBooks loaded them into a customized version of its proprietary learning platform and worked with EdBooks to implement its solution with clients. In addition to implementation support, EdBooks also provided training for TEL Library staff and TEL Library clients. As institutions, schools, and faculty began delivering courses through TEL Library, EdBooks also provided technical support for TEL’s clients.


Step 4: Course Evals & Follow Up


As part of its services for TEL Library, EdBooks also designed a course content revision process to support continuous improvement. This revision process and course surveys provide both proactive and reactive feedback to support the ongoing evolution of TEL Library’s content.