I co-chair the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative and this week we had a great session on metadata for academic publications, with guests from CrossRef and Lumina Datamatics. The presentations can be found on our website.
We recently engaged with Dr. Benjamin Gilad, a leading war game facilitator, to lead a war games exercise for our staff at Harvard Business Publishing’s Higher Education unit. Ben Gilad is a leading theorist on competitive intelligence theory, co-founder of the Academy of Competitive Intelligence, and the author of The Art and Science of Business Intelligence Analysis and Business War Games, among other writings.
I'm co-chair of the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative, and we recently held a great session on Web Accessibility. Our guests were Richard Schwertfeger, IBM's CTO of Accessibility, and Peter K. Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
Our management team in Harvard Business Publishing’s Higher Education unit has been leading some staff training, and I chose Innovation & Creativity. As a basis I used our Harvard ManageMentor (HMM) module on the subject of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which provides a great overview. But then for each of the short training sessions, I had the participants organized into groups prior to the event, each of which read one of three pre-readings that we could then use as the basis for exploring the concepts more deeply and relating them to our work.
I wrote earlier about Revamping our Product Development Department here at Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Education unit. Part of that revamp included codifying some practices that we would use as part of our design approach. These practices include process, content, learning design, and user experience.
In an effort to frame how the learning design and user experience practices should be employed at the outset of eLearning design projects, we recently held a departmental offsite on the topic of Designing for Interactivity and Outcomes. The goals of the workshop were to renew our perspectives on how we design interactive products and how we could more fully embrace designing for effective learning outcomes, and to do so by specifically looking at how and where our User Experience (UX) and Learning Design (LD) practices could help provide shape and form to our offerings. This post gives an overview of the workshop design.
I co-chair the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative, and we had a fantastic session with our guests Sanders Kleinfeld, Director of Publishing Technology, O'Reilly Media; Joshua Tallent, Chief eBook Architect and Jenifer Lyman, Content Services Chief, both of Firebrand Technologies. They discussed digital-first publishing workflows, ebook production and distribution, and content management systems. Below are the topics they discussed. Their presentations can be found on our initiative website -- here's the blog entry with download links: http://digitalpub.abcd.harvard.edu/blog/meeting-presentations-2515
Sanders Kleinfeld: Publishing with the Open Web Stack
Joshua Tallent: Production Tools & Resources Overview
Jenifer Lyman: eBook Distribution & Sales Channels
Our next session is on April 2nd and will focus on Web Accessibility. We'll have two very special guests: Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University, and Richard Schwerdtfeger, CTO for Accessibility, IBM.
I recently took over as lead of our Product Design & Delivery group here at Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Education unit. This is a very successful department with a rich history in distributing and creating top content for business curricula, so where and how to evolve it forward has been a challenge requiring serious consideration. Here are some thoughts on what we're planning.
Here at Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Ed group, we've been collaborating more closely lately in new product development efforts with Harvard Business School's Baker Library and the Knowledge & Library Services group that supports it. They do incredible work, from faculty research support and disemmination (including the Working Knowledge publication) to creation and maintenance of historical collections.
It's been almost a year since I wrote about the edX announcement and launch. Alot has happened since then -- particularly in the area of understanding more about their platform's adaptive tutoring and grading capabilities, learning analytics promise, and business model opportunities. This post takes a look at some of these areas that show the interesting value proposition that the platform -- and not just the content brands and quality -- brings to the offering.