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A key element of the revolution in education is the emphasis on interactive, exploratory, and collaborative learning activities. Many of these activities will be implemented using tablet devices that are connected, through the cloud, to the systems used by other students, teachers, parents, content publishers, and educational institutions. During this period of rapid change in education and training, plug-and-play interoperability accelerates innovation and adoption by lowering the barrier to entry for new products: reducing costs and risks. Building new functionality on top of existing data is key to innovation on the web.
The Actionable Data Book is the IEEE's latest project in its long history of developing elearning data standards. In January 2013, the IEEE initiated an open research and development collaboration to describe, and, as practicable, demonstrate an “actionable data book," defined as an interactive and adaptive digital learning resource to support constructive and collaborative learning anywhere, anytime. It is expected to take the form of:
A specialized eBook
Based on the IDPF EPUB 3 ebook format and other open standards
Tailored to support S.T.E.M. education, stressing the tablet's ability to operate in the field and to interface with lab equipment and other devices
Supporting learner accessibility preferences and usage preferences
Containing interactive content that can exchange data with the learner's mobile platform, local S.T.E.M. devices and cloud resources.
Our initial task is to explore use cases and define the scope of this one-year R&D effort. Participation is free and open to interested individuals willing to follow the principles of the Open Stand initiative. For more information about our weekly meetings please contact: email@example.com
The activity is hosted by IEEE Industry Connections, a program of the IEEE Standards Association. IEEE Industry Connections supports the evaluation and incubation of possible new technical standards and related services in a rapidly changing environment.