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Boundless in the News: Textbook Industry Changes

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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

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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.

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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

Using Boundless Teaching Aids in Your Class

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

Watch: Boundless CEO Speaks at White House Education Datapalooza

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.

Boundless Goes to Washington: CEO to Speak at Education Datapalooza

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.

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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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