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Higher Ed Startup Offering Free Test Drive Of Customizable Online Text

DUBUQUE, Iowa, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning in January 2013, ByPass Publishing, an educational start-up based in Dubuque, Iowa, is offering free "test drives" of their new product, Psychology in the Fastlane, the first title of the company's emerging Fastlane Series.

More than 40 subject matter experts collaborated to create the baseline content. The result is a powerful multi-modal content publishing system that allows instructors to efficiently create their own course-specific online textbook by selecting quality, peer-reviewed content.

"Bypass Publishing is based upon the radical concept that instructors know what's best for their courses--imagine that--and therefore should have the freedom and flexibility to arrange, edit, and enhance course content to support the learning outcomes they decide are most important," said Fastlane contributor Dale Doty, Chairman of the Psychology Department at Monroe Community College in Rocehster, New York.

Psychology in the Fastlane's base content consists of 18 chapters divided into 350 peer-reviewed "student learning outcomes" covering virtually every topic in the Introductory Psychology course.

With this framework as a launching point, instructors can select and arrange chapters and learning outcomes to match their course syllabus. The Fastlane application's "content editor" then facilitates deep, sentence-by sentence-editing. Instructors can also add hyperlinks, videos, audio and visuals, and even integrate their own materials.

These instructor-specific psychology textbooks are then "published" to students online, accessible by a wide range of devices.

The upside for students: no more paying up to $200 for a textbook they may hardly use. Students can purchase online access to their instructor's version of the Fastlane text for around $55. Those who aren't quite ready to give up paper and ink can also order a printed version for little more than the cost of printing and shipping.

The upside for instructors: total control of textbook content at a price their students will appreciate.

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