Friday, January 18, 2013

Customized: More than just a textbook

From USA Today,
Due to the control that college textbook publishers have on the industry, there has been a recent push for open-source material in what Slate called the open educational resources (OER) movement. Heading the pack for OER is Boundless, a start-up company that uses open-source (free) information to rebuild textbooks for students. The digitized copies of the textbooks are then available for students to use on their tablets or laptops.
(Read the full story here)

From the website:
Beyond a textbook. Way beyond. 
Textbooks haven't changed in centuries, except for their price. Boundless textbooks offer innovative features that help you make the most of your study time. For free.
  • SmartNotes: Your full book, condensed to just the essential key points, key terms, and examples.
  • Interactive Notebook: Highlight important terms and add notes to key concepts. View all your notes and highlights in an easily sortable notebook that you can organize by time or book chapter.
  • Flashcards and Quizzes: Study key terms and more with flashcards, then quiz yourself to see how much you know
  • Study Guides: Boundless lets you condense all your notes and highlights, view and edit on any device, and share as a PDF with your friends, classmates, or study groups.
  • Instant Search: Chapters, key term definitions, and anything else at your fingertips. Fast and intuitive navigation so you can spend more time studying and less time searching.