1. What Is SIPX?

SIPX, Inc. is a company that originated in Palo Alto, California. A growing leader in digital content and online education, SIPX offers a proven and scalable technology solution used in prominent schools for managing and sharing course materials. Developed from Stanford University research, the system draws in all types of content and data (such as open access and OER materials, comprehensive publisher content and library-licensed content in which schools have already made significant investments). Its web interface allows faculty and support staff to easily set up, distribute, and analyze use of course reading links by students.

SIPX is focused on making access to course materials as affordable, simple and transparent as possible, and its unique technology recognizes individual user contexts that could allow for free or reduced cost access because of such factors as library subscription affiliations or a student’s geography. The innovative solution can embed in and support many use cases, including faculty-facing Learning Management Systems, library course reserves services, bookstore coursepacks, distance education, continuing studies and global open online courses/MOOCs.

2. What Problems Does SIPX Solve?

SIPX saves money for students, libraries and schools:

  • Reported 20-35% savings for students by recognizing library-subscribed content and eliminating a redundant payment of copyright royalties
  • Makes it faster and easier for staff or faculty to manage copyright permissions processes and setting up course readings and coursepacks
  • Reported 65-80% cost savings for departments or libraries that currently pay copyright permissions on a traditional forecasted enrollment basis

SIPX helps a school manage copyright compliance and risk from unintentional misuse of copyrighted material.

SIPX increases the visibility of the library and the library’s digital and print resources around campus.

SIPX helps educators and librarians analyze engagement with course readings so they can support improved decision-making on pedagogy or collections management.

3. How Does a School Use SIPX?

The SIPX technology solution is flexible and can be configured and implemented in the way the school deems is the best fit with their campus’ needs, workflows and policies. SIPX is used in a wide variety of ways, including: inside Learning Management Systems for faculty; by course reserves services mediated by libraries; by bookstore staff and online bookstore platforms for coursepack readings; in distance learning and continuing studies courses and programs; in online learning projects and global open online courses such as MOOCs.

4. What Types of Content Does SIPX Support?

Currently the SIPX solution delivers reading materials, and the end-to-end system delivers this to students in PDF format. We are exploring future opportunities to connect in additional formats and content types (such as images and video) but these are currently not active features.

5. Who Pays For The Course Readings If Payment Is Necessary?

Schools can configure SIPX so that students pay for their own readings (such as in coursepack contexts) or they can configure SIPX so that a school, department or library can be invoiced so that students can access readings without making their own payments. The school chooses the payment model(s) that works best for their campus needs.

6. Who Are SIPX Customers?

The SIPX service is used by a broad range of institutions of higher learning throughout the United States, including Stanford University, University of Illinois, University of Texas Austin, University of Notre Dame and Claremont School of Theology. For a list of additional SIPX customers, see www.sipx.com/customers.

7. Does SIPX Work Within Learning Management System Platforms?

SIPX can be integrated into most of the leading learning management platforms, including Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Canvas, and Desire2Learn using either an LTI connection or an LTI plus API plug-in. SIPX also provides all of its core benefits directly on the SIPX web service if no integration is needed.

8. How Can My Academic Institution Start Using SIPX?

Getting started with SIPX is fast and easy. Depending on the desired implementation, we’ve seen institutions using the SIPX service within weeks of decision date. To discuss your needs and let us show you how SIPX can work best on your campus: please contact us.

9. How Can I Bring SIPX To My Publishing/Content Organization?

SIPX is simple to work with from the publisher’s perspective and there are a variety of industry standard connection options available. To get started providing your content to the SIPX platform, please contact us.

10. Who Are Your Partners? How Do I Partner With SIPX?

SIPX partners with many companies and organizations throughout the higher-education content ecosystem. To discuss working with SIPX, please contact us.

11. What Is The Relationship Between SIPX and the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)?

CCC is one source of copyright clearance and pricing information for SIPX, via a direct API connection from SIPX to the CCC database. To ensure that users have a comprehensive content experience that recognizes and applies in real-time the broad range of access rights a user may already be entitled to, SIPX also integrates customers’ institutional holdings (including where schools have purchased CCC’s Annual Copyright License), open resources and other publisher sources.

12. Can SIPX Support Faculty-Created Content, Such As Custom Class Notes?

Yes, instructors can offer their own content and set their own license terms, including pricing. Please contact us to learn how to provide your class notes or different self-created material to your students or others.

13. Can SIPX Work With Campus Bookstores Which Provide Access To Course Materials?

Yes. SIPX often engages with campus bookstores when they are actively involved (or planning to be involved) in providing digital course materials to students.

14. How Does Fair Use Work Within SIPX?

SIPX believes that fair use is an important part of a healthy copyright balance and that each school needs to decide their own policies with respect to the application of fair use on campus. Libraries and schools can raise awareness of their fair use policies and resources inside SIPX, especially into places like bookstore coursepack workflows or campus learning management system platforms where there may not have been much visibility before. Readings determined to be fair uses are delivered outside of SIPX.

15. Does SIPX Protect Student Privacy?

Yes, SIPX is serious about user privacy protection and is FERPA compliant.

16. What New Features Will SIPX Be Adding To Its Service In The Coming Months?

SIPX has a robust roadmap of new features and capabilities that we will be rolling out in the future, including support for more content types, improved analytics and a streamlined transaction flow. We will announce these enhancements as they become available. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates.