Dec. 6, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Beginning in
, ByPass Publishing, an educational start-up based in
, is offering free "test drives" of their new product,
Psychology in the Fastlane
, the first title of the company's emerging
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
, Chairman of the Psychology Department at
Monroe Community College
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
for a textbook they may hardly use. Students can purchase online access to their instructor's version of the Fastlane text for around
. 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.