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Boundless Partners with Canvas to Transform Classrooms with Cloud-Powered Content, Tightly Integrated to Learning Management System

Today, Boundless is announcing an alliance partnership with the Canvas learning management system (LMS) from Instructure. The integration, Boundless’ first with an LMS, gives Canvas users access to the Boundless library of more than 10,000 pieces of digital content in over 20 subjects, fully vetted and customizable with Boundless’ content-creation services, study materials and assessment items.  Boundless is currently available to all Canvas users through the EduAppCenter.

“Educators who use the Canvas LMS are already innovating in the classroom and have seen the powerful impact that technology can have on outcomes. With the addition of Boundless to Canvas LMS, they now have the ability to further personalize the learning experience for their students with a wealth of digital materials that they can customize to best fit their curriculum,” said Ariel Diaz, founder and CEO, Boundless. “This is the future of teaching and learning, and alongside Canvas, we’re helping to make it a reality.”

Access to Boundless is free for instructors and enables them to easily incorporate digital, educational resources into their classrooms. Boundless’ customizable services empowers educators to create the content that helps to ensure students learn from the most relevant and engaging materials possible and harnesses real-time data analytics to personalize education and improve student outcomes. For students, Boundless provides a more affordable alternative to traditional textbooks at $29.99 per student, per class.

“We want  to elevate learning through technology, and a big part of that is bringing together powerful educational tools that work with the Canvas platform,” said Melissa Loble, vice president of Partners and Programs at Instructure. “With Boundless, we’re giving educators in Canvas a way  to easily choose, customize and share digital content.”

Boundless content is modular, openly licensed and tagged with assessment items to support mapping content to learning outcomes, helping build the foundation for personalized learning. All content contributions to Boundless are reviewed by a team of experts, ensuring all materials reach the highest quality standard before being made available. For students, Boundless courseware can be accessed on computer, tablet or on its award-winning e-reading application, available on any mobile device.

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Boundless merges with Valore

Boundless acquired by Valore: Teaming up to continue innovating in the textbook market

I’m excited to announce today that we are merging with Valore, a fast-growing Boston based company with a shared vision of serving students and modernizing the textbook market.

We started Boundless with the mission that universal access to quality education is a right, not a privilege, and we have spent the last four years working hard towards achieving that. The result is an amazing platform and product that serves well over 4 million students and teachers around the world every month. We have created a rich library of content, with core textbooks in over 25 subjects, as well as a powerful content management platform that enables us, and a growing community of experts and educators, to quickly create and update content.

Our platform also empowers educators by giving them control over their educational resources, including customizable textbooks, reading assignments, and quizzes. And of course all of this creates a rich, easy to use learning and study experience for students.

As we enter this next chapter, we will continue to march towards our mission with even more momentum. Valore has greatly optimized textbook distribution, helping students save on one of their biggest out of pocket expense. Combined with our digital products, content, and expertise, we will continue to democratize learning by creating and offering better products and better prices.

The Boundless brand will live on, and we will continue to focus on creating next generation learning and teaching tools. Our content will remain openly licensed, the entire team is staying on, and I’m thrilled to continue to lead Boundless and Valore in my new role as Chief Digital Officer in the combined company.

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Boundless Adds Renowned Wikipedian SJ Klein as New Advisor

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At Boundless, we’re creating the next generation of educational content by directly incorporating contributions from our users — a passionate community of educators and subject-matter experts. To continue growing this vibrant community, I’m pleased to share that we’re bringing on one of community education’s biggest advocates as a new Boundless advisor: SJ Klein, a veteran Wikipedian.

SJ has been a contributor to Wikipedia since 2004, where he was elected as a Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation in 2009. He’s also served as a Director of the Outreach for One Laptop per Child Foundation and an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Needless to say, SJ is an expert in the community-sourced education — and we’re thrilled to have him on board!

SJ will help us grow and hone our Cloud Powered Community — so Boundless can do to textbooks what Wikipedia did for encyclopedias. In this community, subject matter experts from around the world contribute to Boundless by adding their domain expertise, improving the pedagogy, and starting meaningful academic discussions with their peers. 

“Tapping the minds of the teaching community brings great power to educational content. I look forward to working with Boundless as its community grows, not just to create more freely-licensed material, but to provide greater access to it, and make it personalizable.”

– SJ Klein

Together, we can continue collaborating with this community to expand and improve our academic content library that reaches more than three million students and educators.

You can read more about the Boundless community on the Creative Commons blog, and join our community now!

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Boundless Teams Up with Global Text Project to Support Increased Educational Access

At Boundless, we believe that access to high quality education is a universal right. To us, that means access to quality academic content, on any device, at any time, all over the world. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Global Text Project, an organization that shares our vision of universal access to academic content.

The Global Text ProjectThe Global Text Project has been a leader in open access since 2006. Its mission is to create and distribute free quality content to developing nations, where high costs have eliminated textbooks from many higher education classrooms. For example, a USD $108 biology textbook sells for USD $51 in Africa. Gross National Income per capita in the United States was $53,700 in 2013, but in Uganda it was $510. In many developing countries, professors only keep a few copies of the textbook or they write their own notes for students. The Global Text Project and Boundless are working together to provide quality content for these classrooms. Continue reading

Boundless Expands to Serve Entire Educational Ecosystem

Every year, college students migrate back to campus for a fresh semester, only to find themselves paying an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks and course materials.

Despite innovation in publishing models and e-reading, the cost of textbooks continues to climb at 3 times the rate of inflation. This means we’re hearing the same stories over and over again about the high sticker prices of textbooks and the rising costs of education.

But Boundless is changing that.

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While textbook prices are growing faster than the consumer price index, we’ve seen our growth spike more than 3x since last fall as students turn to Boundless for free and affordable resources. Our vision has always been to bring textbooks into the 21st century, by creating the ultimate publishing platform. To support that vision we’re not just serving students with textbooks anymore — we’ve grown to serve the entire educational ecosystem. In short, since last back-to-school season, we’ve:

  • Grown 3x to reach more than 3 million students and educators.
  • Seen students spend more than 1.5 million hours studying with our content and learning tools.
  • Expanded our content library to 25 subjects, including new content in World History and Music.
  • Added functionality for educators to customize and assign our textbooks and assessments.
  • Opened up our platform for individual authors to publish educational content, with more than a dozen sharing their books this month.

Needless to say, the past year has been busy. But now that we serve the entire ecosystem — from students to educators to authors — we know that ultimately, Boundless is not only driving down the cost of education, but changing the way educational content is created and distributed. More on that below! Continue reading

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

Read our press release on the Top Hat partnership below. Continue reading

With Recent Team Updates, Boundless Is Poised to Make Education Universally Accessible

Team Boundless is the type of team that can tackle something truly huge. That’s why we’re excited to share some team updates today as we continue to make education universally accessible.

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Molly Lindsay, VP of Content

Molly Lindsay joined Boundless more than a year ago and has been instrumental in growing our content and connecting educators to our resources. Today, she has been promoted to VP of Content to grow and distribute our content offerings.

Molly joined Boundless from McKinsey and Co., where she led strategy projects for clients in the private, public, and social sectors. Previous professional experience includes evaluating high-growth startups in emerging markets as part of the portfolio expansion team at Endeavor, as well as developing K-12 curriculum at Expeditionary Learning. Molly holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in History from Yale University, where she graduated with honors. She teaches media studies as an adjunct professor at Bunker Hill Community College, speaks Mandarin, and loves living in Boston.

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Matt Hodgson, Chief Technology Officer

Matt Hodgson joined our team as VP of Engineering before Boundless even launched out of beta. After leading our engineering team through three major product cycles, including the launches of our educator and community platforms, Matt has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer.

Matt is an entrepreneur and engineer with an insatiable desire to design and build amazing products. Before Boundless, Matt built consumer products as the CTO of TurningArt, a service that makes art more accessible to everyday people. Matt has also worked with Ariel in the past, as co-founder and CTO of YouCastr, a streaming video platform for high schools. Along the way Matt also developed the core products and technology for many startups, including video processing and transcoding infrastructure for 3 Play Media, motion capture and analysis software for Equusys, a live trading market for StarStreet, and a video streaming and recording platform for Take The Interview. Matt holds a B.A. in Physics from Ithaca College, a B.E. and Masters of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College, and serves on the board of the Dartmouth Boston Entrepreneur Network.

We’re thrilled to have both Molly and Matt leading teams at Boundless! Learn more about our team here.

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!

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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

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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.”

Read the article. Continue reading