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Symtext's BookNet Canada 2010 presention

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Slides from my March 25th presentation at BookNet Canada. It outlines a bit about how Higher Education functions, with respect to making content related decisions, and how Symtext fits by providing educators with exactly the right mix of digital content.

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Symtext's BookNet Canada 2010 presention

  1. 1. “One Book From Many”<br />Booknet Canada Tech Forum<br />March 25th, 2010<br />www.symtext.com // ian@symtext.com // @IRBarker<br />
  2. 2. About this presentation<br /><ul><li>Background
  3. 3. How it works
  4. 4. Questions</li></li></ul><li>One Book From Many<br />...whose book are we talking about?<br />
  5. 5. Defining Characteristics of Higher Ed<br />Educator as “specifier”<br />Credentials and the “Availability of Information”<br />Compromise<br />
  6. 6. Cost of Compromise- problem for educators<br />The “Unread Chapter Tax”<br />- problem for students<br />Used texts, Copying, Open Content<br />- problem for publishers<br />
  7. 7. New World of (Digital) Higher Education<br />Completely new set of behaviours and expectations.<br />
  8. 8. One Book From Many<br />...whose book are we talking about?<br />Educator’s book. <br />Or is it? <br />Is it even a “book” at all?<br />
  9. 9. About Us<br />Symtext makes it easy for educators to provide their learners with exactly the right mix of digital instructional materials. <br />
  10. 10. Focus on the Educator... Exactly the right mix<br />Multi-source<br />Multi-format<br />Fee and free<br />One’s own materials<br />Source, edit, publish, and consume digitally<br />Optional Print On Demand<br />Switzerland<br />
  11. 11. Publishers<br />Management of prices and permissions<br />For each market<br />Reporting <br />Decision making<br />
  12. 12. Students<br />Value: best credentials for the least money!<br />"The quality of comments shows that students are generally thinking seriously about the readings and/or issues arising from them. As a result, students are much better prepared for discussions and exercises, and class participation is richer and more egalitarian."Amanda Goldrick-Jones, UBC<br />
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  14. 14. About the Product<br />Liquid Textbooks let educators build the ideal course. By assembling exactly the right mix of learning materials, professors craft a living curriculum that reflects their unique style while covering the desired material.<br />Once assembled, the Liquid Textbook becomes a platform for interaction and engagement, within which teachers, students, and subject matter experts explore and learn..<br />
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  18. 18. Liquid Textbooks have been used at...<br />
  19. 19. Sources of Content<br />50+ publishers<br />Higher Education, commercial<br />Higher Education, academic<br />Media – print and television<br />Platform licensees<br />Some of our content providers<br />
  20. 20. Takeaways<br />Meet the needs of educators, students and publishers<br />Focus on the educator<br />Switzerland – content, distribution, fee/free<br />New technology mandates new models<br />Whose book are we talking about?<br />
  21. 21. How to get in touch<br />ian@symtext.com<br />@IRBarker<br />www.symtext.com<br />

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