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.
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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
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.
I just finished reading The Content Machine: Towards a Theory of Publishing from the Printing Press to the Digital Network, by Michael Bhaskar. It provides a great historical perspective on the publishing industry in order to give context to a framework that identifies the core system activities of publishing. I'm currently taking over a product development team in publishing and I found this book to be the perfect read at the perfect time.
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.
This blog entry reviews a not-for-profit organization called ITHAKA that focuses helps the academic community “use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.” It does this via a number of entities and platforms – some you may have used, others merely heard about, and some that may be new to you entirely. But for anyone interested in “transformative uses of new technologies in higher education” – and particularly in the area of online learning and education – it’s an incredible resource. I’ll briefly review the organizational arms and also mention two recent reports related to online learning.
Harvard’s announcement this month that it was joining forces with MITx to launch EdX, a series of (free and paid) openly-available online courses, fueled an already buzzing trend in higher education: MOOCs, or massively open online courses. The move is being portrayed in a variety of ways – the promise of democratizing higher education and potentially disrupting, or at least fundamentally altering the structure and quality of, online learning and even face-to-face classroom education. Here’s a look into the MOOC evolution and how EdX fits into the picture.