In an effort to level off the high cost of higher education, an Ann Arbor-based startup is planning to release its online course books platform this November. Ginkgotree will allow for educators to create their own course material from any open source media like YouTube or Khan Academy.
The eLearning app comes with built-in copyright clearance so faculty members can incorporate course material into the Ginkgotree’s course reader. They can also invite editors and instructional designers to their course books and can track any changes made. Students will also be able to share notes with their peers or their professors through the system.
The new company asserted that the technology will remove excess, expense, inefficiency and the lack of customization that is commonly related to traditional textbooks. Ginkgotree will be free for a school’s faculty and will cost $10 per month for students.
The product was created through the Tech Brewery, a startup incubator based in Ann Arbor. Ginkgotree isn’t the first educational, business venture for Scott Hasbrouck, the company’s CEO. He also developed PaperDesk, a note taking app for iPads.