Boundless Launch, Online Education Degrees & More in This Week’s EdTech Report

Each week, Boundless collects the best edtech news from around the web just for you. This week, we’re happy to share that some of our own news is making waves in the edtech chatter.

On Wednesday, Boundless came out of closed beta and launched a massive product overhaul to ensure students have free online textbook replacements just in time for the new school year—and we weren’t the only ones excited. Below, catch some of the highlights around our launch, and as always, continue reading for even more edtech news.

Amid Lawsuits from Publishers, Boundless Launches a Free, Open Alternative to Textbooks
via TechCrunch

TechCrunch writer Rip Empson says,

Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup Boundless has been on a mission to ensure that college students have a free alternative to the pricey and bulky world of physical textbooks. The startup believes that an oligopoly of textbook publishers has been driving up costs for years (as the four top publishers currently control the lion’s share of the market) and so it set out to change that.

Boundless Unveils Next Generation of Free Digital Textbooks
via BostInno

A sneak preview of Boundless gave Walter Frick a look at how we’re re-shaping the student learning experience. He writes,

Imagine coming to a topic like, say, the American Revolution and being able to choose whether you get the content in a paragraph, a page, 10 pages, or a full book. That kind of compression is the future at Boundless, and it has the potential to revolutionize how content is produced. It’s already something we value in our media; we’re just really inefficient at it and pay writers to re-write at different lengths.

What Lawsuit? Boundless Learning Pushes Ahead with Free Textbook Replacements
via GigaOm

Ki Mae Heussner at GigaOm writes,

The new version is easier to navigate with photo thumbnails for each chapter in the table of contents, and it also includes an improved search feature to help students more quickly find relevant content. Students can also highlight sections and take notes, and, [CEO Ariel] Diaz said, they plan to release a notebook feature in the near future that includes all of a student’s notes and highlights, organized by chapter, so that they can have instant study guides.

The Current State of Teachers in the US
via Edudemic 

Edudemic shared an eye-opening infographic from GoEd Online that highlighted interesting data on American teachers and the current state of the classroom. GoEd says,

  1. Teachers spend $443 a year of their own money to meet the needs of their students.
  2. Classes in middle and high schools have an average of 28 pupils, while elementary schools have 21.
  3. The average starting salary of a teacher is $31,704.

Online Education Degrees Skyrocket
via USA Today 

New data from the US Department of Education shows that four large universities, mostly online, have become the largest education institutions in the country. These schools, including the for-profit University of Phoenix, awarded 1 in 16 bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate awards last year. USA Today says,

[O]nline schools such as Phoenix and Walden University awarded thousands more master’s degrees than even the top traditional schools, all of which are pushing to offer online coursework. Every one of the top 10 now offers an online education credential.

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