Flat World Knowledge Introduces "Make It Your Own" Textbook Platform
DRM-free (digital rights management) digital files can be freely transferred from device to device, and never expire, so students have access to their textbooks anytime, anywhere.
No more textbook tradeoff
"With a traditional textbook, I always struggle with how much I follow the book and how I want to teach the course-it's a tradeoff," said Eric Malm, assistant professor of economics and business administration at Cabrini College, near Philadelphia. "Flat World lets me add my own analysis to the material, so now the book's a living case study of everything we discuss in class. And I'm more confident that students read it because they can afford it."
Ross Gittell, professor of management at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business & Economics, and two colleagues, created their own version of Exploring Business by Karen Collins by writing chapters on sustainability and business and public policy-critical issues in contemporary business that didn't appear in the original text.
For a leadership and supervision course, Dr. Rita Quinton, associate vice president of Daytona State College, selected topics from chapters in Principles of Management, bundled them for her students, and developed quizzes and activities.
"It's great to be able to build a textbook based on the learning outcomes for the course," said Dr. Quinton. "The material is relevant and the students love having all the format choices."
Open source software: the brain behind the book
In designing MIYO, the development team, led by Jon Williams, chief technology officer, took advantage of open source software to enable full editing capabilities without the limitations found in other customization systems.
Williams and team solved a major dilemma in textbook publishing—what happens to the professor's customized book when the author makes updates?
"We figured out how to create a 'live edition' of a book so authors and professors will always be in lockstep," said Williams, who was formerly CTO for iVillage, a division of NBC Universal, and Kaplan Test Prep and Admission. "Now, if professors want to integrate authors' changes, they can, without redoing their edits."