As an educator, my contribution to the discussion revolved around the importance of didactics. Valuable content that reflects the current pedagogy must continue to be the focus with the acknowledgment that this content must be distributed in new ways. All four areas are important to both sectors, publishing and education, and in order for both to be successful, there needs to be greater collaboration and conversation between the two. New business models are needed in publishing with new workforce skills as well as new concepts for strategic positioning within the market. Educators and students, as the end users, should be seen as valuable sources of creativity and innovation as they move forward to design new solutions. What we don't want, is a substitution of current textbook materials being "upgraded" to digital formats. Today's students have very different needs that are not met by our traditional textbook approach.
Hewlett-Packard, a sponsor of the conference, presented on the still necessary need for printed materials, but with their own Blended Learning hybrid model. They are proposing a content management system in which teachers design customized textbooks, which are then tagged with interactive content through apps such as Aurasma. Information and student learning data could than feed back into a learning management system that would then drive changes to content, allowing more individualization. Student textbooks could be printed as required and even customized for individual students based on their needs. An interesting prototype, and one worth further investigation.
A model of blending old with new.
Contributed by Kami Thordarson, Innovative Strategies Coach