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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

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.

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.”

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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

Boundless - Award-Winning Digital Textbooks

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

how to use open resources

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

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.

boundless team photo

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