Leading Environmental Science Textbook Published Using the Trunity Platform

Students overwhelmingly select virtual textbook using Trunity's next generation publishing capabilities over the traditional printed version.

Feb 05, 2013, 03:00 ET from Trunity Holdings Inc

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Trunity Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: TNTY), a leading provider of eLearning content and solutions, today announced that Drs. Robert K. Kaufmann and Cutler J. Cleveland, two renowned environmental scientists, have authored their textbook, Environmental Science, and delivered their course Introduction to Environmental Science at Boston University using Trunity's Education Solution. In addition to textbooks, the Trunity platform provides extended course content, learning management capabilities and robust social collaboration tools. When the students were given a choice of using the online or traditional printed version of the book, over 90% chose the online version.

Dr. Cleveland wanted to provide his students with cost effective yet media rich course material. In addition, he was looking for a way to easily embed video, high resolution image galleries and graphics into his book to enhance the learning experience. During his review of other cloud-based publishing solutions he found the Trunity platform to be the best overall solution to meet his requirements. With Trunity, students have the ability to access the course material from anywhere via their iPad, tablet, PC, smartphone or any browser-based connected device.

Using Trunity's platform, faculty can simply establish a curriculum, create and deliver course-related content, and effortlessly manage their course while monitoring students' progress. In addition, students can easily retrieve the definition of relevant terms in-line by accessing Trunity's integrated glossary with a single click. Trunity's built-in navigation allows students to smoothly move from page to page and chapter to chapter, enabling them to quickly reach pertinent course material when and where they want. Capitalizing upon built-in forum capabilities, students and teachers can collaborate among themselves in instructor-moderated forums, which ensure that only authorized faculty and students to participate.

"It's exciting to be able to author my book with an industry leader like Trunity," said Dr. Cleveland. "The students are more engaged with the course material because it is up-to-date and interactive - and the integrated social networking capability helps students collaborate with each other based on the course material.  Leveraging the Web this way is really taking a 21st century approach to learning."

"We are excited to partner with visionaries such as Dr. Cleveland to deliver next generation capabilities to professors, authors, publishers and universities worldwide," said Terry Anderton, Trunity Chairman & CEO. "We are positioned at the crossroads of publishing, education and social collaboration and stand ready to help them provide an exciting and dynamic learning experience."

About Trunity Holdings Inc.

Trunity Holdings Inc. (OTCBB:TNTY)is a leading provider of eLearning content and solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create learning environments that reflect the goals of their organizations and needs of their personnel. Trunity's clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as other leading organizations. Founded in 2009, Trunity has personnel in the United States, Canada, Russia, and India. For more information, visit: www.Trunity.com, or call 978-829-0909.

About Dr. Cutler J. Cleveland

Cutler J. Cleveland is Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University, where he also is on the faculty of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. Professor Cleveland is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier, 2005), Handbook of Energy (Elsevier, forthcoming), and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth.  He is the recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award from the United States Association of Energy Economics for "unique and innovative contributions to the field of energy economics."

Professor Cleveland's research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the MacArthur Foundation.  He has published his findings in journals such as Nature, Science, Ecological Modeling, Energy, The Energy Journal, The Annual Review of Energy, Resource and Energy Economics, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Ecological Economics.

Professor Cleveland's has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, Charles River Associates, the Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has won publication awards from the International Association of Energy Economics, the American Library Association, and the National Wildlife Federation

Professor Cleveland holds a B.S. in Ecology from Cornell University, a M.S. in Marine Science from Louisiana State University, and a Ph. D. in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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