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Call for Proposals: Barnes & Noble Education Announces National LoudCloud Courseware Faculty Mini-Grant Program

Oct 10, 2018

Program Will Support Faculty in Development of Customized Affordable Digital Courseware, Resulting in Increased Student Savings and Engagement at Campuses Nationwide

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE:BNED), a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12, today announced a request for proposals for a newly implemented LoudCloud Courseware™ faculty mini-grant program. The program will help faculty customize and implement affordable, digital courseware in four key disciplines associated with higher cost course materials – Business, Criminal Justice, Biology and College Success – ensuring students have greater access to the materials they need.

Access to high quality, affordable course materials remains a key barrier to student engagement. Cost is the number one reason students choose not to purchase textbooks, yet 7 out of 10 students agree that course materials are important to succeed1. Without the assigned learning materials, students risk falling behind in class.

Digital courseware removes the cost barrier, setting students on a path to success by helping to ensure they are prepared for the first day of class with the correct course materials. The mini-grant program will provide selected faculty members with the opportunity to customize an existing LoudCloud Courseware course for use in the Spring 2019 semester. Grant recipients will receive consultations and training from LoudCloud as they customize the course template to meet their objectives and teaching philosophy. A limited number of grants will be awarded, each worth up to $2,500, to selected faculty members employed by higher education institutions in the United States. Faculty chosen for the mini-grants will also receive an additional $1,000 to be awarded to their department to support future affordability initiatives.

Barnes & Noble Education’s LoudCloud Courseware blends open educational resources (“OER”) and originally authored content plus a full range of ancillary materials such as auto-graded practice problems, summative exams, lecture slides and homework activities. Powered with predictive analytics, the platform also provides integrated insights, enabling both students and their faculty to monitor performance and improve learning outcomes. As part of the mini-grant program requirements, faculty will use the analytics feature to compile an end-of-term report detailing the Courseware’s effect on student engagement in their class.

Courses available to be customized under the mini-grant program include:


  • Introduction to Business
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Customer Service
  • Securities & Investment
  • Financial Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Training Concepts

Criminal Justice

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Homeland Security
  • Victimology


  • Non-Majors Biology
  • Majors Biology

College Success

  • College Success
  • Public Speaking

Eligible grantees include full-time, part-time, or adjunct faculty with written proof that he or she is contracted to teach during the Spring 2019 timeframe. Faculty proposals must state the course they would like to adopt for the Spring 2019 semester, and provide additional information regarding how they would implement the course to make it best suited for their class objectives and pedagogy.

Further information on proposal requirements, as well as the proposal submission form, can be accessed at Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 19, 2018.

1 Barnes & Noble College Insights℠


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) is a leading provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,437 physical and virtual bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company offers a suite of digital software, content and services including direct-to-student study tools, serving approximately 100,000 subscribers in more than 15 countries and receiving more than 20 million unique monthly visitors to its sites. The Company also operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in the United States. For more information please visit

BNED companies include: Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, MBS Textbook Exchange, LLC, BNED LoudCloud, LLC, Student Brands, LLC, and Promoversity, LLC. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website:

Barnes & Noble Education
Carolyn J. Brown, 908-991-2967
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

Source: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

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