Today Boundless is excited to share news about our open textbooks, just in time for Open Education Week! More than half a million users have interacted with our open textbooks in under two months. These users have spent the equivalent of 5+ years engaging with our content!
Boundless Open Textbooks are free for students, educators, and self-learners to explore without an account. We think users are spending so much time interact with our Open Textbooks because we’ve put a huge emphasis on making these high quality learning tools, not just collections of facts. Our editorial process ensures that information is presented in ways that help students learn. While no registration is required for these materials, registering for Boundless gives visitors access to our suite of free study tools, like flashcards, quizzes, and study guides. Please see the press release below for more details.
Boundless Open Textbooks Used by More Than Half a Million in Under Two Months
Users Spent Equivalent of 5+ Years Interacting with Boundless Open Content
Boston, MA – March 14, 2013 – Boundless, continuing to make education more affordable and accessible for learners, announced today that more than 500,000 students, self learners and educators have used its open textbooks since Creative Commons announced that the books were available under an open license. Boundless curates educational materials for nearly 20 academic subjects, including physiology, US history, biology, and management, and users have collectively spent over five years engaging with this recently released content.
“More than 1,000 students and visitors cite, source and copy from Boundless Open Textbooks daily,” said Ariel Diaz, founder and CEO of Boundless. “The rapid growth of our open textbooks speaks speaks to the high quality of our editorial efforts and the growing acceptance of open educational resources (OER).”
Anyone from students studying for exams, professors preparing lesson plans or self-learners exploring new topics can use Boundless Open Textbooks. First, visitors select readings from one of 18 free textbooks. From there, they can:
- Choose a specific chapter, like Introduction to Chemistry, or a subsection like Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressure
- Browse full text for each chapter section or view SmartNotes, which succinctly summarize the most important section topics
- Within the chapter section, navigate to a new chapter by selecting the chapter drop-down menu at the top of the page
- Copy and share any of the text – the Boundless textbooks are meant for sharing under the Creative Commons open license
- Create notes and highlights on the text by registering for a free account with Boundless.
High Quality Educational Content, Curated by Experts
Boundless works with subject matter experts, like professors, PhDs and Master’s students, to curate openly licensed and free educational materials created by leading educators and institutions. These materials make up the core of the OER community, an international group that provides high quality educational content to the general public.
To get started with Boundless free textbooks, visit www.boundless.com. No registration is necessary for reading. To take advantage of free study tools built into the open textbooks, like highlights, flashcards and study guides, create a free account on Boundless.
Boundless is making education more accessible and affordable. Boundless is building an innovative learning platform that curates the world’s best open educational content and delivers interactive learning tools to college students. Students at over 2,000 colleges have registered to use Boundless’s free alternatives to expensive textbooks and are discovering digital study features that go way beyond traditional textbooks. Learn more at www.boundless.com.