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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Boundless makes teaching easier for educators with customizable textbooks and teaching aids as part of our Teaching Platform. Save time in your busy schedule with pre-built teaching slides customized to your Boundless textbook!
PowerPoint presentations for every chapter
Once you’ve selected a book and created a class in your account, click the “Teaching Resources” tab inside your class page. This gives you instant access to download PowerPoint slides that match the content in your textbook. Presentations are available for each chapter of your book, and include chapter and section outlines, summaries of key concepts, definitions of key terms, and visual aids.
Easy to edit and share
Boundless provides a strong foundation for class slides, but we know each educator has a unique teaching style. So we’ve made our slides completely editable and shareable. Tweak, re-order, or add to the content in your slides as you see fit. We even encourage you to share the finished results with your colleagues and community. Continue reading
Earlier this month CEO Ariel Diaz presented Boundless to more than 600 attendees at the White House Education Datapalooza. The Datapalooza featured innovations in postsecondary education, including Boundless. Ariel showed how Boundless uses open content and data to create affordable, effective teaching and learning tools used by millions.
Watch his talk!
Check out slides from the talk below.
Today, Boundless CEO Ariel Diaz will be in Washington to present at the White House’s Education Datapalooza, which highlights innovations in education. Diaz will discuss how Boundless uses open content and technology to provide more effective, affordable, and accessible education for millions of learners.
Watch video from Ariel’s presentation!
Read more about the event and Ariel’s presentation in the press release below and tune into the live stream.
Boundless CEO to Present at the White House’s Education Datapalooza
Ariel Diaz to Discuss How Data and Technology can Improve Quality, Access and Affordability of Education
Boston, MA (January 15, 2014) — Boundless, a company creating affordable and effective online textbooks and learning tools that improve education for millions of students, today announced that CEO Ariel Diaz will present at The White House’s second annual Education Datapalooza. The event will highlight innovations in postsecondary education, including Diaz’s presentation.
“The Education Datapalooza is a perfect environment to discuss how technology and data can improve higher education by lowering costs and increasing accessibility to education,” said Diaz. “Boundless is uniquely positioned to turn the textbook industry on its head, a $7 billion industry that affects nearly every student who attends college today. Textbook costs are now 812 percent higher than they were three decades ago, and students struggle to shoulder the cost burden each semester. I look forward to presenting our approach to democratizing textbooks and bringing affordable, high-quality educational content to more students.”
Ariel Diaz is the founder and CEO of Boundless, a company creating affordable college textbooks from the best open content on the Internet. As an experienced entrepreneur, Diaz understands the opportunity to improve the educational landscape and help students save money by directly offering them high-quality textbook alternatives. Learn more about Boundless online at www.boundless.com.
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It’s been a busy month for us here at Boundless. We’ve been making local and national headlines due to our launch of innovative and customizable educator tools and due to the news of our lawsuit settlement. Here’s a quick recap of what has been said in the news lately:
When we launched our Boundless Teaching Platform in early December, the Boston Business Journal highlighted all the features we now offer, free of cost, for educators:
“Features on the new Boundless Teaching Platform include a dashboard that allows teachers to assign readings or quizzes and monitor students’ activity, and pre-built lecture slides in PowerPoint or PDF.” Continue reading