OpenStax, the free textbook publisher based at Rice University, is expanding beyond books.
The publisher on Monday launched OpenStax Tutor Beta, an online learning platform. Initially available in three courses — biology, physics and sociology — this fall, OpenStax plans to expand it across all the subject areas in which it publishes content.
“We’ve been very excited about the success we’ve had and the momentum we’ve been able to build up on providing access to high-quality learning materials over the last five years … but students and instructors need more than just content,” Richard Baraniuk, founder of OpenStax, said in an interview. “Technology has evolved to the point where it’s possible to provide rich feedback to students and instructors about students’ learning progress and use that to improve learning outcomes.”
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