Friday, November 23, 2012

Boston Business Journal > Boundless Learning Publishes a Free Replacement for the College Textbook

With the new college year soon to begin, Boston startup Boundless Learning has just released its first products — free online materials aimed at serving as substitutes for college textbooks — out of beta to the public.

Boundless Learning online textbook screen shot

The company says it has worked with academic experts to craft "online experiences" that aim to convey the information you'd find in a typical textbook, but in a more engaging manner.

Boundless Learning has released materials in seven subjects — biology, economics, psychology, sociology, anatomy & physiology, history and writing. The materials are particularly optimized for use on tablet computers such as the iPad, said CEO and co-founder Ariel Diaz.

The materials use openly licensed educational content, created and posted online by faculty members over the past two decades, and curated by Boundless Learning's domain experts, Diaz has said.

Boundless Learning has had students at more than 1,000 universities try out the products during the beta over the past year, Diaz said, though the number of students that have used the product isn't being disclosed.

The company is focused on offering a free product, but does plan to test some premium features during the semester, Diaz said.


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