8 Ways to Customize Your Flat World Text

We know your course is unique, just like your teaching style. So why should you feel trapped into assigning a cookie-cutter textbook?

Our catalog is full of options for those who prefer the book off the shelf, but you can also customize all of Flat World’s learning content into a textbook that your students will be able to read in the print or digital formats they prefer.

1. Start with the syllabus.

Keep all your important course documents in one place that is easy for your students to access. You can add your syllabus as a separate chapter with the text copied and pasted into the book, or insert it as a Word document or PDF attachment.

2. Rearrange chapters.

Structure your textbook the same way you prefer to structure your course. Our editor tool allows you to reorganize chapters and their sections by dragging and dropping from the icon to the left of the chapter title. The numbering will automatically be reordered.


3. Add, rename, or remove chapters.

Additional options for restructuring your textbook are available by clicking the menu to the right of the chapter title. These choices are also available for each section of a chapter.


4. Merge content from two or more texts.

If you have a course with a unique focus, you may use content from multiple Flat World texts or any material you collect from open educational resources (OER) or that is otherwise available through Creative Commons licensing.

5. Shoutout to your students.

When you select “Insert Content” anywhere in your text, select the “Callout” option to make a customized information box. Make important reminders about the focus of your course or add other notes and content for your students. Homework assignments and thoughtful questions can also be added using “Exercises” from the same menu.


6. Insert engaging videos.

Your students will be able to watch them within our online reader. The links will also be available to follow for students who are reading a downloaded or print copy of your textbook. From the “Insert Content” menu, select “Video” to copy and paste the URL of any video content you would like to include.


7. Create keywords.

Help your students study by emphasizing important concepts as keywords. Simply highlight a word or phrase and click “Keyword” from the text formatting options at the top of the page. Then type and save a definition:

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Your students will be able to read your definition by hovering over the word in the text (in the online version) or from a sidebar on the page (in the print version). It will also be added to the digital flashcards they can review from the online version of your textbook.


8. Think locally.

Take note of news stories that run in your campus paper and other local publications that relate to your course. You can quote or link to the articles as case studies and bring familiarity to a new concept.


Your Learning Content Adoption Consultant can help guide you through any of these customizations. Request a desk copy and let us know how we can assist by calling 1-877-257-9243. We look forward to helping you create successful learning outcomes!