Digital textbooks distribution models: where do they stand ?


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FOUQUET C., LUX L., PERRIN A., ROGES A.L., Masters Panist, Enssib, 2011-2012

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Digital textbooks distribution models: where do they stand ?

  1. 1. Digital textbooks distribution models: where do they stand ? Systematic digitalization of content is certainly what characterizes the most today's information based society. In this context, extending this trend to education by exchanging current textbooks for more dynamic and interactive ones, just seems like the naturel next step. Innovations as the main goal But switching from paper to electronic devices isn't something that can be done by the book. Dematerialization implies important changes in the textbook economy and raises concern about associated distribution patterns. Global overview: where is it gonna go the distance? Driven by social and/or economical pressure FRANCE -Global leader regarding open source textbooks in 2009 -Approximatively 30000 classes have acces to a digital textbook, displayable on computer. -In 2009 beginning of a 4 years experimentation involving 24 schools (6th grade) -Focus on LMS (Learning Management System), rather than on the devices UNITED-STATES -In 2008, Governor A.Schwarzenegger launched in California the Digital Textbooks Initiative, a project that has to evaluate the content of open source digital textbooks, a device to be used in all CK-12 schools in the state, ($400 million in savings.) -Students have seen the price of textbooks skyrocketing in the past few years. Agreements between universities and publisher should give the students access to low-cost digital textbooks. RUSSIA -A national experimentation has begun in September 2011 -5 differents device's models: Aquarius NE410, Pocket Book, ECTACO Jetbook color, Plastic Logic and Entourage Edge. The last one isn't being ruen by the Ministery of Education. -Focus on the devices, rather than the textbook's contents. SOUTH KOREA JAPAN -Only local tests -Digital textbooks on cell phone, in particular on Smartphone -Distribution of 500 Smartphone to students of "Renaissance Academy" IRELAND -In 2009, an local initiative in Caritas College ( Ballyfermot Dublin). Students recieved, from publisher Gill&Macmillian, the digital Book ILiad Key Governmental initiatives Independant initiatives Both governmental and independant initiatives Although all models surrounding digital textbooks are still at a testing stage, it appears that some countries, under very specific socio-economical pressure, have seen it as a necessity to move forward. This results in a very heterogeneous landscape in terms of projects advancement. -By topping the ITU 2011 report and the PISA 2009 survey, South Korea established itself one of the world most advanced country in terms of ICT use. -Still struggles with an overgrown, competitionfed private tutoring market that widens the educational gap between high and low incomes. -Digital textbooks are seen as a way to provide every student the ability to learn from anywhere at anytime , making private tutoring less of a necessity. -Positive results from extended surveys conducted on pilot schools until 2010 have convinced the government to invest almost $2 billion into the project by 2015. FOUQUET C. LUX L. PERRIN A. ROGES A.L.
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