Boundless in the News: Textbook Industry Changes

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This week we’re excited to be included in stories about the changing textbook industry.

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Disrupting the Lucrative Textbook Industry

Fast Company explored the history of the textbooks this week, and questioned the emergence of digital offerings in this industry. When more than two-thirds of students report not purchasing a textbook due to cost, it’s clear affordable, modern alternatives are needed.

To be truly disruptive in the industry, you have to be innovative in what you offer — both for students and educators. CEO Ariel Diaz told Fast Company:

“We started with a focus on students to make sure that we’re building great products for them. In addition, along the way, we saw an increasing number of educators coming to Boundless to use the content in their classroom.”

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Could Your College Campus Go Completely Digital and Open? [SlideShare]

We’re seeing a paradigm shift in education.

Student debt is now higher than ever — over $1 trillion on the national level — and 70% of students report not buying textbooks due to cost. With the cost of education working against students, it’s clear we need a way to increase student access to educational materials and reduce the barriers holding so many back.

Boundless recently spoke with Dr. Tracey Wyatt, Dean of Assessment and Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness at York College, about his institution’s switch to a digital and open campus.

York College going digital and openYork is a small, liberal arts college in Nebraska focused on improving the cost of education for its students. Dr. Wyatt told us his campus is going completely digital, and has even eliminated the campus bookstore!

The faculty at York College are turning to open resources as a means to make educational content more affordable and accessible for their students. In particular, Dr. Wyatt points to three key ways to ensure your students use the open resources assigned: Continue reading

Boundless: Award-Winning Digital Textbooks

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EdTech Digest recently crowned Boundless as the winner of its 2014 Cool Tools Award for Digital Textbooks. We’re honored to be selected as the winner in this category as we continue to serve millions of students with our digital textbook offerings.

Boundless includes an array of study tools and learning technology that make our textbooks more effective than traditional textbooks. Austin J. from Princeton University told us recently that our learning technology is a crucial part of his studying. He said:

The continuous review that Boundless weaves into its chapters and quizzes are dynamite. This reinforcement ensures that hard learned facts are not forgotten as the course progresses, and allowed me to build on the material MUCH easier than I would have been able to do with a traditional textbook.

The judges at EdTech Digest recognized Boundless’ leadership in digital reading and studying in its annual awards. 

“There is a lot of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor in Chief of EdTech Digest. “There are now thousands of startups, apps, and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward this education revolution for the benefit of future generations.”

As we march on to a post-textbook world — one where we finally put down traditional textbooks and move toward more modular and effective alternatives, in digital form — we’re honored to be recognized as a leader in this space.

Read the announcement on EdTech Digest. 

How to Use Open Resources in the Classroom

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With the cost of education higher than ever before, educators are turning to affordable, accessible educational content options. The wealth of open resources available online means educators have countless options for their classes, but actually finding and implementing this material in the class can be a daunting task for many.

Boundless CEO Ariel Diaz recently co-hosted a webinar with Dr. Tracey Wyatt, Dean of Assessment and Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness at York College, on how to use open resources in the classroom. Catch highlights from their webinar below, and view their slides to learn more.

The Benefits of Open Resources

Open educational resources, also known as OER, provide vast, high-quality content that can be molded and utilized across many different platforms. These resources are used across the educational landscape for teaching, learning, and assessment. Continue reading

Feel the Love: Educators Tell Us Why They Love Boundless

Professors across the country have been assigning their students Boundless textbooks instead of traditional print textbooks. Because Boundless prices are a fraction of the cost students are usually asked to pay, both professors and students benefit from Boundless textbooks – plus, our online textbooks come with built-in study and teaching aides as part of our Boundless Learning Technology and Teaching Platform. If you’re thinking about switching your classroom to Boundless soon,  these educators can tell you what it’s like.

Our content is vetted and curated by a team of subject matter experts, and is peer reviewed to ensure that it meets our high quality standards. Even after our content is published, we continue to improve it based on feedback from thousands of professors and students who use it every day. Dr. T. Heath Ogden, an Assistant Professor of Utah Valley University, remarked on the quality of Boundless content.

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I would recommend Boundless to instructors who are looking for quality, vetted, open source material, that is easily customized to the content level and detail for introductory Biology Classes. Continue reading

College Persistence: Community Colleges and the Cost of Course Materials

I recently had the pleasure of representing Boundless at the Texas Community College Teachers’ Association (TCCTA) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. With enrollment in the Texas community college system standing at nearly three quarters of a million, the members of the TCCTA are educating a substantial portion of the Texas student population.

While Texas did not provide the sunshine I had hoped for (it was 33 degrees and raining in San Antonio), it did provide for some excellent cross-cultural experiences (apparently in Texas they start shutting down highways when it’s cold?!). It also provided evidence that educators like Boundless sunglasses, Texans like their cowboy hats, and we all love a good photo op.

Boundless at TCCTA

A gracious invitation from the TCCTA Management Educators also provided me the opportunity to speak at one of the conference seminars, where I discussed what we do at Boundless, and our relevance in the community college context.

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Boundless Report: Ushering in a Post-Textbook World

Today, Boundless is releasing our report Ushering in a Post-Textbook World to highlight college students’ transition from traditional to digital learning resources. We surveyed nearly 650 college students about how they study, the high cost of textbooks, and exactly how they feel about the move to digital alternatives. We found that digital learning alternatives are quickly becoming as popular, and even overcoming, traditional resources. These trends are leading us closer to a post-textbook world, where physical reference materials give way to digital resources that deliver better education with greater access.

Download a copy of our report, or read a summary below.

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The Making of a Team Photo

When the Boundless site gets a new design, we like to make sure our Team page has an updated group photo of all our Boundlings (and hey, if you haven’t check out the new site design, take a look!).

This time around we’re lucky enough to have a former photojournalist on staff, so we knew this photo was going to be extra good.

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Once we got the official portrait out of the way, we had some fun Blue Steel’ing for a silly pic. Though we amassed what is probably an extremely embarrassing collection of duck face pics, we settled on the entire team taking selfies for our goofy photo. Continue reading

The Right Time to Study: Spaced Repetition Helps You Study Better

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At Boundless, we constantly work to improve learning through technology. Helping students study more effectively is one of our key goals — and the Boundless Learning Technology in our premium textbooks helps students understand and remember concepts better, so they’re better prepared for class and lifelong learning. Spaced repetition is a core component of our learning technology.

This is the second in a two part series about the science behind Boundless Learning Technology. Read part one, which focuses on active recall.

What is spaced repetition?

Spaced repetition shows that there is an ideal time to practice what you’ve learned to best remember the information. Our learning tech knows this, and optimizes student studying to match up with this ideal timing. Continue reading

Students Share Their Thoughts on Studying with Boundless Textbooks

Every semester, students using Boundless textbooks have great things to say about how they’re learning better without breaking the bank by purchasing their assigned textbook. Here’s what some of our users have to say about their Boundless experience!

Austin J. from Princeton University loves how our Learning Technology helps him study.

The continuous review that Boundless weaves into its chapters and quizzes are dynamite.This reinforcement ensures that hard learned facts are not forgotten as the course progresses, and allowed me to build on the material MUCH easier than I would have been able to do with a traditional textbook. Continue reading