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
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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Boundless is moving education into the digital age with high quality textbooks both students and educators love. We’re excited to unveil the next wave in our textbook revolution and give educators the tools they need to bring the revolution into their classes. The new Boundless Teaching Platform gives educators the ability to customize affordable textbooks, monitor their students’ progress on assignments, and access teaching aids (like PowerPoint presentations).
Bringing educators into Boundless is a natural step in our march toward a post-textbook world. With both educators and students on the side of affordable, digital textbooks we’re excited to take this step forward. Read more about what’s included in the new Boundless Teaching Platform below or sign up to see for yourself!
At Boundless we’re always striving to improve learning — and helping students retain important information more effectively is one of our goals. We use Boundless Learning Technology in all our premium textbooks to help students understand and remember concepts better, so they’re prepared for exams and lifelong learning. Active recall is a core component of our learning technology.
This is the first in a two part series about the science behind Boundless Learning Technology.
What is active recall?
One key aspect to our learning tech is active recall, the process by which knowledge is actively retrieved from memory by taking a quiz or test, rather than passively reviewed by reading over notes repeatedly. So, instead of students sitting down with a pile of notes trying to memorize facts for the next exam, active recall engages them in their readings with questions about what they just read. Continue reading
This week, Boundless published a guest post on USA Today College on studying distractions students should embrace. If you focus too hard on studying and forget to give your brain a break, you might wind up doing more harm than good. Whether you’re studying for a final exam or prepping for a weekly quiz, here are some studying distractions to say ‘yes’ to:
- Late Night Snacks: Set a late-night time with friends to get some snacks, and stick to it. Having an event to get to later in the night will make you set a deadline and keep you efficient. Just remember to go back to studying when you’re done.
- The Gym: Keep up with your physical routine during midterms, because when the body gets flabby, so does the mind. The gym also forces you to shift your focus from studying to another excruciating activity. When you’re ready to go back to studying you’ll be refreshed from the break you gave your brain.
See more tips from Boundless in USA Today!
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We’re teaching students backwards. Students spend too much time focusing on minute details, like memorizing definitions or formulas, instead of thinking about the big picture. Ariel Diaz, CEO of Boundless, spoke recently at TEDxCambridge on Inverting the Curriculum as a means to fix the broken, backwards way students learn. See his talk in full below.
When we say “inverting the curriculum” what do we mean? In today’s educational system, students are taught the details and inner workings of a subject up front. Memorizing physics formulas or cellular structure can seem, well, a little boring when you’re new to a subject. Instead of weighing students down with these intense details up front, let’s show them the beauty of the big picture! Imagine if an intro biology course started with lab work to give students an understanding of ecology before memorizing what an endoplasmic reticulum does. Students would grasp the beauty of biology from the start, and appreciate the small details more when they understand the big picture.
Many educators are already doing just this. Professors at Grinnell College, for example, invert their intro biology classes. They found their inverted curriculum better served students who had no intention of becoming scientists, and that some might even discover a love for science they never knew they had.
Let’s take what professors at Grinnell College and other institutions are doing and apply it everywhere! It’s time to invert the curriculum to give students an understanding of the beauty intrinsic each subject.
Watch Ariel’s talk on Inverting the Curriculum here: