Boundless Teams Up with Global Text Project to Support Increased Educational Access

At Boundless, we believe that access to high quality education is a universal right. To us, that means access to quality academic content, on any device, at any time, all over the world. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Global Text Project, an organization that shares our vision of universal access to academic content.

The Global Text ProjectThe Global Text Project has been a leader in open access since 2006. Its mission is to create and distribute free quality content to developing nations, where high costs have eliminated textbooks from many higher education classrooms. For example, a USD $108 biology textbook sells for USD $51 in Africa. Gross National Income per capita in the United States was $53,700 in 2013, but in Uganda it was $510. In many developing countries, professors only keep a few copies of the textbook or they write their own notes for students. The Global Text Project and Boundless are working together to provide quality content for these classrooms. Continue reading

Boundless Expands to Serve Entire Educational Ecosystem

Every year, college students migrate back to campus for a fresh semester, only to find themselves paying an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks and course materials.

Despite innovation in publishing models and e-reading, the cost of textbooks continues to climb at 3 times the rate of inflation. This means we’re hearing the same stories over and over again about the high sticker prices of textbooks and the rising costs of education.

But Boundless is changing that.

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While textbook prices are growing faster than the consumer price index, we’ve seen our growth spike more than 3x since last fall as students turn to Boundless for free and affordable resources. Our vision has always been to bring textbooks into the 21st century, by creating the ultimate publishing platform. To support that vision we’re not just serving students with textbooks anymore — we’ve grown to serve the entire educational ecosystem. In short, since last back-to-school season, we’ve:

  • Grown 3x to reach more than 3 million students and educators.
  • Seen students spend more than 1.5 million hours studying with our content and learning tools.
  • Expanded our content library to 25 subjects, including new content in World History and Music.
  • Added functionality for educators to customize and assign our textbooks and assessments.
  • Opened up our platform for individual authors to publish educational content, with more than a dozen sharing their books this month.

Needless to say, the past year has been busy. But now that we serve the entire ecosystem — from students to educators to authors — we know that ultimately, Boundless is not only driving down the cost of education, but changing the way educational content is created and distributed. More on that below! Continue reading

Boundless Partners with Top Hat to Bring Collaborative Educational Content to 300,000+ Students

top hat logoToday, Boundless is announcing a partnership with Top Hat, a teaching platform that improves learning outcomes in the classroom, to bring collaborative educational content to more than 300,000 students. The partnership integrates Boundless’ content library of 21 subjects into Top Hat’s widely-adopted teaching platform, creating a powerful single platform from which professors can teach in a more engaged and efficient way.

Boundless API for Third-Party Platforms

Unlike traditional publishers, Boundless content is available via API for seamless integration with third-party platforms, so partners — like Top Hat — can serve their users with affordable, digital teaching and learning materials. The entire Boundless library of 21 introductory college-level subjects, including textbooks and assessment questions, is available in a flexible, structured data stream to plug into other platforms. To learn more about our API, please contact partners@boundless.com.

Read our press release on the Top Hat partnership below. Continue reading

With Recent Team Updates, Boundless Is Poised to Make Education Universally Accessible

Team Boundless is the type of team that can tackle something truly huge. That’s why we’re excited to share some team updates today as we continue to make education universally accessible.

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Molly Lindsay, VP of Content

Molly Lindsay joined Boundless more than a year ago and has been instrumental in growing our content and connecting educators to our resources. Today, she has been promoted to VP of Content to grow and distribute our content offerings.

Molly joined Boundless from McKinsey and Co., where she led strategy projects for clients in the private, public, and social sectors. Previous professional experience includes evaluating high-growth startups in emerging markets as part of the portfolio expansion team at Endeavor, as well as developing K-12 curriculum at Expeditionary Learning. Molly holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in History from Yale University, where she graduated with honors. She teaches media studies as an adjunct professor at Bunker Hill Community College, speaks Mandarin, and loves living in Boston.

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Matt Hodgson, Chief Technology Officer

Matt Hodgson joined our team as VP of Engineering before Boundless even launched out of beta. After leading our engineering team through three major product cycles, including the launches of our educator and community platforms, Matt has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer.

Matt is an entrepreneur and engineer with an insatiable desire to design and build amazing products. Before Boundless, Matt built consumer products as the CTO of TurningArt, a service that makes art more accessible to everyday people. Matt has also worked with Ariel in the past, as co-founder and CTO of YouCastr, a streaming video platform for high schools. Along the way Matt also developed the core products and technology for many startups, including video processing and transcoding infrastructure for 3 Play Media, motion capture and analysis software for Equusys, a live trading market for StarStreet, and a video streaming and recording platform for Take The Interview. Matt holds a B.A. in Physics from Ithaca College, a B.E. and Masters of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College, and serves on the board of the Dartmouth Boston Entrepreneur Network.

We’re thrilled to have both Molly and Matt leading teams at Boundless! Learn more about our team here.

Boundless Community Profile: Bryant Professor Cait Witkowski Creates Assessment Questions

Cait Witkowski

Cait Witkowski remembers spending upwards of $500 a semester on textbooks while completing her undergraduate degree. Now, as an adjunct professor and manager of the Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments at Bryant University, Professor Witkowski uses Boundless as a resource in her class and contributes content for Physics and Statistics, as well as interactive graphs for Calculus and Algebra.

Hear what’s motivated Professor Witkowski to contribute to the Boundless Community and how her students are using our books!

What motivates you to contribute to Boundless?

I first heard about Boundless from a colleague who had been contributing to content for a couple of years. When I checked Boundless out for myself and saw the mission statement, I was immediately hooked. Providing accessible educational content for students everywhere is incredible — especially when I know the students will save a lot of money on course materials each year. Plus, I love new educational tools.

What sort of work do you do as a contributor?

I’ve worked on Physics and Statistics content, primarily to create objectives and assessment questions for these subjects. I’ve also created interactive graphs for Algebra and Calculus, which I’ve since used in my own class. With the new launch, I plan on contributing more to these subjects.

How are you using Boundless in the classroom?

When I started teaching, I knew students were making a move toward e-books. It’s much easier for them to study when they can access everything from anywhere on their laptops or phones. Knowing this, I decided to integrate Boundless into my classes.

I pull from Boundless Physics and Calculus content for my class. I’m currently using it as a supplemental resource, but plan to assign it in the fall and customize the content to my syllabus. Now, I assign students additional readings through Boundless, have them do some practice questions, and let them play with the interactive graphs. There’s definitely been a huge boost in my students’ understanding of the material, which is the most important part for me.

Professor Witkowski is one of hundreds of educators writing the future of education with Boundless. See how you can get early access to our community tools.

4 Lessons from the 2014 NSTA National Conference

When more than 10,000 science educators descended on Boston this spring, Boundless was there to welcome them! My colleague Gemma and I recently attended the 2014 National Science Teacher Association Conference to meet high school chemistry teachers, college biology professors, district leaders, curriculum developers, and even a few penguins!

Though the penguins were cute, they weren’t even the most memorable part of the conference. Here are my key takeaways from the 2014 NSTA National Conference:

Lesson 1: Educators are looking for digital alternatives

It didn’t take long for us to realize how many educators are searching for digital tools and content to use in their classrooms. With the rise in blended learning, flipped classrooms, 1:1 programs, and available online materials, many educators are searching for digital solutions. We spoke with both high school and college science educators looking for online alternatives to their current textbooks. Many wanted to supplement the resources they already use, while others wanted a completely digital platform. Continue reading

Boundless in the News: Introducing Cloud Powered Education

This week, Boundless launched Cloud Powered Education and invited the teaching community to write the future of education with us.

See where Boundless is making headlines!

Boundless in BetaBoston

BetaBoston declared, “Boundless wants to do to textbooks what Wikipedia did to encyclopedias.” Reporter Dennis Keohane gave an overview of all we announced this week, and said,

“As one of the viable insurgents to the education establishment, Boundless has a secret weapon that the collaboratively edited online encyclopedia lacks — academic experts to supply and edit its content, making sure that the standards of quality are acceptable for higher education. Boundless, however, is not looking to take on Wikipedia. The company actually has its sights set on a different target: the multi-billion dollar college textbook industry.” Continue reading

Boundless Unveils Cloud Powered Education

Universal access to high-quality education is a right, not a privilege.

This mantra is core to our mission at Boundless, where over the past three years we’ve grown to reach more than 3 million students and educators. As far as we’ve come, we know there is still more we can do to make universal access a reality.

Today, we’re inviting the teaching community to write the future of education with us. We’re opening up our platform for collaboration and contributions to grow our content and reach millions more. We’re doing this all through Cloud Powered Education.boundless cloud powered education Continue reading

Boundless in the News: Textbook Industry Changes

breaking the bindings of traditional textbooks

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.”

Read the article. Continue reading

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