Boundless Goes Freemium: Too Late?
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Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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8/6/2013 | 7:52:57 PM
re: Boundless Goes Freemium: Too Late?
Anything that can break the current paradigm of hugely expensive textbooks is great from a consumer perspective, but it seems like the trick is getting professors on board to assign texts available on services like this. I often wonder if there isn't a kickback system in place between faculty and publishers.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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8/8/2013 | 2:51:16 PM
re: Boundless Goes Freemium: Too Late?
I'm working on a feature about the University of Oklahoma, which is making a concerted effort to adopt open educational resources and help faculty do so. One of the hurdles is that open resources can be a lot of work to gather together into a usable form, so they're putting grad students to work doing some of that up front work. There are also some more advanced efforts such as OpenStax College creating more neatly packaged, peer reviewed open textbooks that a busy faculty member can more easily adopt.

I'm moderating a panel today at the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Wisconsin, so I'll update on what I learn.
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8/26/2013 | 1:18:21 PM
re: Boundless Goes Freemium: Too Late?
__I expect College & University Students understand this is much more than a price-point issue and that they can't afford to regret not choosing to use their Professor's Textbook recommendations. To avoid discovering too late they've made a poor decision, it's good advice to ask Students to review & compare their Faculty's textbook options to judge the quality of materials for themselves, while considering the high value of time one invests in studying. Boundless website should help them with their decisions and prove claims that "Boundless is better than your assigned textbook" by showing / comparing all key pages from all Boundless Alternative Textbooks next to pages from the University's Assigned Textbooks.

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