What is Bookshelf CoachMe™?

Bookshelf CoachMe is a new feature within Bookshelf® that provides students with a free study coach, including practice questions and knowledge checks, right from within Bookshelf.

What do instructors gain?

Instructors gain new insights into student engagement. If your institution has a VitalSource LTI integration, you’ll be able to access the Bookshelf® CoachMe instructor dashboard. The instructor dashboard provides powerful analytics into how students are engaging with Bookshelf CoachMe practice questions and knowledge checks. You’ll see how many practice questions were completed, first attempt accuracy, average session length, pages per session, and much more.

What does it cost?

Nothing! That’s right, it’s free. Bookshelf CoachMe represents a very real opportunity to help many more students be measurably more successful in their learning without adding cost.

How do I access Bookshelf CoachMe?

For your existing library of books, simply visit Bookshelf at VitalSource Bookshelf Online and open any CoachMe-enabled book. Once in your etext, look for the Bookshelf CoachMe icon in the margins and at the end of the chapter.

What types of questions are available in Bookshelf CoachMe?

There are fill-in-the-blank, matching, free response, multiple-choice questions, and more.

Can questions be added? Edited? Deleted?

Student performance data on questions are continually monitored using item response theory, with poorly performing questions automatically removed and replaced with better items—with no manual work required. Changes, edits, and deletions at the instructor level are not available at this time.

Where do the Bookshelf CoachMe questions come from?

The Bookshelf CoachMe questions are created directly from your textbook using VitalSource’s

artificial intelligence technology. The Bookshelf CoachMe technology reads the textbook, picks out important content, and creates simple study questions to help you retain what you have just read.

What if I have an issue with a question? Who do I contact?

You can flag a problematic question easily from within Bookshelf.

What is Learn-by-Doing?

Learn-by-Doing, or the Doer Effect, is a learning science principle that proves that practice has about six times the effect on learning than reading. By answering Bookshelf CoachMe practice questions, students will quickly see what they already know, so they can focus on what they need to learn.


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