Edtech · Higher Education

Is my higher ed tech tool (NOT a textbook) subject to HEOA?

Chris Gerding CEO & Co-Founder Boomalang | Vanderbilt MBA | Entrepreneurship | Strategy & Business Development

October 27th, 2016

Some professors/dept. heads aren't sure if they can purchase my product mid-semester, because HEOA states that all textbook fees must be disclosed ahead of enrolling in the class. Does this also apply to independent technologies like us, that aren't associated with any publisher (and aren't a textbook)? Related... can professors require students to sign up on our website, or does the purchase have to go through the student book store?

Valeriia Timokhina Eastern Peak Software: Custom software development

October 28th, 2016

It depends on the institute's policy. Even if it's not a textbook, they still have to spend money and this is kind of educational materials. Maybe you should insist on raising a question on the institute's council and conducting a survey. Carefully explain the purpose of implementation of your product and collect the teachers' and parents' opinion. There could be and other solutions, I really think that if you want to sell them your product you should examine every situation and spend more time for direct communication with dept. heads.
This is an eLearning platform or product, right?

Chris Gerding CEO & Co-Founder Boomalang | Vanderbilt MBA | Entrepreneurship | Strategy & Business Development

October 31st, 2016

Thanks, Valeriia. Yes, this is an eLearning product.