e-books for FE Newsletter

e-books for FE September newsletter

Welcome to the September issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. August was an exceptionally difficult time for school leavers, and the academic year ahead will look like no other. Here at Jisc we are committed to supporting library services, teaching staff and students in the altered learning environment, and to learn from members how to improve that support.

Win a £30 National Book Token

Congratulations to West College Scotland, winners of the August book token!

In answer to the question “How are you planning to embed our digital resources into your remote learning strategy in the new term?” they responded: “We’ve been creating digital resource and subject guides on Wakelet that include e-books for FE and permalinks to e-books on the platform. We can then embed these guides into Moodle and MS Teams.”

The link to the WCS subject guides is:

The link to WCS digital resources is:


Each month we will ask a question relating to our digital resources, whether e-books or Virtual Learning Resources, and invite you to respond via Twitter. The winner, chosen at random, will receive a £30 National Book Token.

The question for September is:

“How are you promoting your resources to students and keeping them engaged with digital learning content?”

You must include @ebooksforfe and @fe_jisc in your Tweets so that we see them. Feel free to thread multiple Tweets together, if your response requires it.

Deadline: 30 September.

The winner will be announced in the October newsletter. Good luck!

Webinar clinics

The next webinar clinic will be on Wednesday 30 September from 2-3 pm, on the theme of Digital Skills. The three areas we will cover are as follows:

  • E-books and mobile devices

Given the requirements for off-campus learning, we will be discussing the implications and practicalities of accessing e-books for FE on mobile devices, the issue of digital exclusion, and how services are responding.

  • Digital Toolkit

We’ll be introducing the Digital learning resources in FE teaching toolkit and looking at how it can help and support teaching practitioners using digital resources in online learning.

  • Vocational Learning Resources

We will be giving an overview of our Vocational Learning Resources, outlining the new pricing model, and answering any questions you might have about using this service.

The clinic can be accessed at:


The recording of the August webinar (‘JUSP supporting FE, 26 August 2020’) is now available at the same site, plus a transcript of the session in Word.

For further information about JUSP (Journal Usage Statistics Portal) please visit:

To subscribe to JUSP, you can do so via the Licence Subscriptions Manager at the following link:

Report: ‘Shaping the digital future of FE and skills’

In the next few days, Jisc will be publishing a report entitled ‘Shaping the digital future of FE and skills’ (both in summary and in full) on this dedicated web site:

This is a significant piece of work produced in collaboration with the Association of Colleges. A link to the report will also be shared via the e-books for FE Jiscmail list, and advertised on this blog and via Twitter.

Launch of effective online teaching discovery tool question set

To address the challenges of Covid-19 and blended learning delivery, Jisc has developed a new question set in the ‘building digital capabilities’ discovery tool which launched this week. The question set, aimed at teaching staff, provides an opportunity for staff to reflect on their confidence and capabilities to plan, design, deliver and assess online learning.

The discovery tool, which can be used by library staff, teaching staff and students, is available here:

Support site update

The support site has now been updated to include the new titles which became active on 1 September, including updated links to the collection spreadsheet and the content of the Subject Areas page:

Top 20 users in August 2020

Well done to all organisations who reached a spot in the top 20.

Rank Organisation User Sessions
1 Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 386
2 King Edward VI College, Stourbridge 281
3 Sparsholt College 265
4 Varndean College 217
5 South & City College Birmingham 187
6 Barton Peveril College 166
7 Northampton College 164
8 Bradford College 130
9 University of the Highlands and Islands 123
10 Truro and Penwith College 122
11 Farnborough Sixth Form College 107
12 Fife College 106
13 Summit Learning Trust 103
14 Dundee and Angus College 100
15 Kirklees College 97
16 Long Road Sixth Form College 93
17 Colchester Sixth Form College 86
18 Burton & South Derbyshire College 84
19 Holy Cross College 80
20 City of Glasgow College 79


Mergers: If your organisation has recently merged with another, ProQuest may not have the most current merger information and your merger may not be reflected in the usage data. Please check with ProQuest and request that they update your account to reflect the merger. Their e-book support contact address is:

Top 20 titles in August 2020

Rank Title User sessions
1 CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 208
2 CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 198
3 OCR A Level Law Book 2 188
4 Law: OCR AS/A Level 183
5 BTEC Level 3 Nationals 2016 Applied Science Student Book 2 168
6 Cache Level 3 Child Care and Education : Early Years Educator 155
7 US Government and Politics for A-Level Fifth Edition 149
8 Global Politics for A-Level 147
9 Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009 125
10 AQA A-level Biology 1: For A-level Year 1 and AS 122
11 AQA A-Level Economics, Fourth Edition 121
12 BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 1 115
13 Care in Practice Higher: Fourth Edition 101
14 Pearson Edexcel A Level Politics 93
15 CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator: for the Work-Based Learner 91
16 AQA A-level Physics Year 1: For A-level Year 1 and AS 84
17 AQA A-Level Geography: For A-level and AS – Fourth Edition 82
18 OCR Psychology for A Level Book 1 79
19 Edexcel Psychology for A Level Book 1 78
20 BTEC National Applied Psychology Student Book 74


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