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 Discover Faculty | Discover Student

The University has partnered with Follett Higher Education Group to operate the UWF Bookstore and a satellite store at Fort Walton Beach. Contract management and oversight is the responsibility of Business & Auxiliary Services. Follett has been in business for 140 years and manages more than 930 bookstores nationwide. Follett maintains relationships with more than 7,000 publishers and education service providers more than any other course materials provider.

The official UWF Bookstore stocks the largest selection of textbooks, course materials, and Argonaut emblematic gear in Pensacola. The primary purpose of the store is to make sure students have the required and/or recommended texts and course materials as specified by their professor. In order for the student to have the required and/or recommended texts and course materials in a timely manner, Follett wants to provide faculty with a more streamlined technology solution for adoption of course materials, Follett Discover Faculty, which will be integrated with Follett Discover Student.

Follett Discover Faculty

Discover Faculty will allow faculty to:

• Immediately adopt materials they've used in the past

• See other relevant materials for their course, including what their peers are using

• Read and respond to peer reviews on materials

• Search and adopt non-traditional materials, including:

- YouTube videos

- Open education resources (OER)

- Massive open online course (MOOC) content

• Upload their own original materials for their students, colleagues and the community

• Build their own collection of materials for reference

Therefore, faculty can:

• Discover new and alternative materials for their courses

• Easily adopt the best course materials

• Know they've equipped their students to succeed

Follett Discover Student

Discover Student will allow students to:

• Conveniently acquire all materials from one access point

• Save time and money with options to buy or rent books and choose new or used, print or digital editions of all required materials

• Arrive on the first day of class, fully prepared


How Discover Student works:

As soon as a student registers for a course, the materials are ready and attainable. They immediately have the option of buying or renting their texts and choosing either new, used or digital editions. And to make it even more convenient, students can arrange for pick-up or delivery. And soon, Follett Student Discover will enable instant, aggregated access to digital materials, eliminating the hassle of access codes and navigation to multiple products.


 Isn't this just like BookNow?

Discover is very similar to BookNow but "seamlessly" integrates the adoption process by faculty with the purchasing process of the student. Discover is an automated process that works in real time, instead of the current process used with BookNow, which is somewhat manual.

 What is needed to move to Follett Discover Faculty & Follett Discover Student?

Implementing this product will require a conversation between UWF IT and Follett IT to discuss the technical details. Following the discussion, the amount of time UWF IT will need to spend on this project is estimated to be 3-8 hours.