TEL Library’s Higher Education Mediabooks

TEL Library mediabooks are designed as high-quality, affordable alternatives to traditional textbooks. Our mediabooks are available for $19, and students retain lifetime access to the products they purchase. Each mediabook includes original media, readings, formative assignments and assessments, and dynamic study tools.


How much should students pay for high-quality learning materials? We believe a course textbook shouldn’t cost more than $19, and that students should retain access for life. Learn more about how we build affordable, sustainable products.

Engaged Learning

TEL Library content is designed to engage students and help them take ownership of their learning. Our lesson design and assignments reinforce knowledge application and acquisition. Learn more about TEL LIbrary lesson design.


Our products feature an innovative technology called Stackable Lessons™, which means greater flexibility for instructors and engaged learning for students.

Literacies and Competencies

At TEL Library, we believe that content efficacy can be measured by how it helps students develop the literacies and competencies needed to flourish both professionally and personally. Learn about TEL Library’s support for literacies and competencies.

Mediabook Lesson Features

  • Affordable price — $19 — and students retain access to the content for life
  • Original video presentations
  • Reading sections that provide core information and specific illustrations or applications
  • Formative assessments and assignments that reinforce knowledge application and acquisition
  • Dynamic study tools, including a  glossary, notes, and journal
  • A curated resource toolbox to promote ongoing literacy, learning and exploration
  • Printable versions for each lesson to support study preferences, offline access, and accessibility needs

Mediabook Catalog (for courses beginning Fall 2018)

Language and Composition

Writing skills, approaches and common models

Grammar and Style Handbook

Modeling and practice for foundational grammar topics

Student Success

Covering critical thinking, writing, and communication

U. S. History I

United States History
Through 1877

U.S. History II

United States History
1878 to Present

Introduction to Christianity

An overview of the foundations, beliefs, and history of Christianity


Principles of Microeconomics


Principles of Macroeconomics

Computer Systems and Technology

Theory and application of information technologies

A Unique Approach to Designing Instructional Materials

TEL Library creates and hosts a large collection of lessons focused on concepts taught in a general education curriculum. TEL Library takes a unique approach to the design and delivery of learning materials. Our content and product design philosophies are shaped, primarily, by our mission to build and support affordable learning solutions for a broad spectrum of users: (1) life learners; (2) working professionals; (3) college students, (4) high school students. TEL Library’s content is differentiated by three distinct factors.

Lesson Design

To support our different patrons and product models, we construct stand-alone, Stackable Lessons™ for each concept within a discipline. Each lesson is designed to deliver a self-contained, premium experience that results in engaged learning and student ownership. This same design model allows us to package collections of lessons within unique product wrappers to create textbook replacements, self-paced online courses, or custom curriculum solutions. TEL Library lessons also provide maximum flexibility related to instructional delivery, including support for face-to-face, hybrid, and online models.

Curriculum Design

All content within TEL Library is designed and constructed as part of an integrated curriculum for general education. Our curriculum begins with information scientists who create libraries of key concepts mapped to one or more discipline domain taxonomies. Knowing where content will (or might) be reused across the curriculum allows us to normalize glossary terms, concept explanations, and examples for learning reinforcement. By facilitating the seamless reuse of the same lesson within different discipline collections, our curriculum-design approach provides unique customization options for institutional partners. This is particularly valuable for those institutions who are considering an interdisciplinary approach to their general education courses.

A Software Development Model for Learning Content

TEL Library utilizes a software development model – “write once, run many times, anywhere in the world” – to scale the creation and updating of our modular, high-quality learning content. Our modular lessons are designed as stackable, reusable objects that can be combined with other lessons, regardless of subject and order, without losing coherence or learning efficacy. This templated model supports scalable content authoring, efficient production processes, and both continuous and granular product updates without interruption to instructors or students. Our model also eliminates the need to produce new product editions.