Flat World Education Partners with Knewton to Offer New Suite of Course Solutions

Flat World Education, a leading provider of digital learning content and technology, and Knewton, the world’s leading adaptive learning company, today announced a partnership that will enable Flat World to meet the increasing needs of college students in North America with affordable, high-quality adaptive course solutions.

The new personalized course offerings build on Flat World’s large content portfolio and learning technology to improve student engagement and outcomes. The course solutions offer diverse instructional content, built-in remediation, a large assessment pool and access to a broad array of student performance data.

“Students and faculty are looking for educational options that take advantage of growing technological capabilities,” said Christopher Etesse, CEO of Flat World. “Together we are at the forefront of providing a more personalized and engaging educational experience for students, at an affordable price.”

This partnership addresses serious challenges facing higher education across the globe, from access to attrition. As more students enter post-secondary schooling with varying needs and budgets, student persistence and success is declining while costs keep climbing. Increasingly stretched institutions, many of which are seeing less and less state funding, can use these courses to serve more students, improve outcomes, and lower costs.

“We are excited to partner with Flat World to bring these next generation products to market,” said Jose Ferreira founder and CEO of Knewton. “These new course solutions include Knewton’s full adaptive feature set which will add up to measurably improved outcomes.”

Knewton has delivered more than 15 billion personalized recommendations to over 10 million students on every continent except Antarctica.


About Flat World Education

Founded in 2007, Flat World is an education technology company that partners with colleges and universities to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational experiences. Led by education and technology veterans, Flat World’s services and products include digital learning content, adaptive and personalized courseware, and a comprehensive cloud-based SaaS platform for competency-based education. Across its business, Flat World focuses on enabling its partners to offer flexible and measurable tools that are centered on the needs of students. Backed by Bertelsmann BDMI and Bessemer Venture Partners, among others, Flat World works with over 2,200 colleges and universities, and serves over 250,000 students annually. To learn more, visit http://www.flatworld.com.

About Knewton

With Knewton, every student gets a more personal learning experience. Teachers, schools, and education companies around the world use Knewton to power digital course materials that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. Knewton provides students with tailored recommendations for exactly what to study, teachers with analytics to better support each student, and publishers with content insights to develop more effective digital products. Knewton was founded in 2008 and has offices in New York City, London, São Paulo, and Tokyo.

What’s New in Business Ethics?


While some students may enter your course intimidated by the thought of ethical theory, Dr. James Brusseau maintains a clear and engaging approach throughout the newly published The Business Ethics Workshop: Ethics in the Workplace, v. 2.0. Here a just a few of the refreshing updates to this version:


  • More than 50 video case studies are embedded throughout the text, many featuring news reports along with sharpening refinements of the presented conflicts.
  • A robust PowerPoint deck of nearly 700 slides to thoughtfully complement the textbook. Besides clearly summarizing each section, there are slides linking to videos that raise ethical dilemmas for class discussion.
  • Affordable student pricing options beginning at $24 for online access, with the ability to upgrade to downloadable PDFs, ebooks, and printed copies.
Without sacrificing scope or rigor, this text discusses the ethical dilemmas facing employees and managers in the workplace with a variety of contemporary case studies many students will find relatable. Some of the cases profiled include Toms shoes, American Apparel, the Bernie Madoff fraud, and how the SATs are used by the College Board. Instructors may also choose to customize the book with their own cases of interest and other content at no additional cost.


We are pleased to share this new version of one of our catalog’s most notable offerings. If you are a faculty member interesting in reviewing a complimentary desk copy, we invite you to request yours here!


Questions about reviewing or customization options? Our Learning Content Adoption Consultants are ready to assist you at 1-877-257-9243. You’ll reach a real human, because we believe automated phone attendants are just unethical.

The Rising Costs of Textbooks

Recent headlines have been flooded with the rising costs of higher education. Can you imagine that textbook prices have risen 945% since 1978? More and more students are opting out of buying textbooks and here are the reasons:

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Why are textbook prices rising when technology is getting cheaper? 

Reason 1: According to the Student PIRGs, 65% of students said that they decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive. What’s even more disturbing is that 94% of students who had forgone purchasing a book were concerned that it would hurt their grade.

Reason 2: Students no longer find the universal, linear structure of textbooks engaging. Today’s digital natives demand a more interactive and real-time approach to learning. Content is moving at such a fast pace that today’s textbooks should be more flexible and personalized.

Flat World helps to solve this problem by providing affordable, digital-first textbooks. Professors can now have peace of mind that their students don’t need to spend a month’s worth of lunch money to buy required textbooks. Help us change the cost of education, without sacrificing quality.

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