Today’s educational landscape provides a wealth of tools and technologies that are making the learning experience ever richer and the teaching experience ever more effective. Students have the choice of print, online, or digital content that can be accessed online or offline on e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. Content include videos of demonstrations, audios of interviews or oral histories, interactive tools like exercises, quizzes, and other resources that make the learning experience come alive. Teachers are no longer limited to a fixed set of content between the covers of a textbook; they have the entire Web at their hands—and they can get information about how each student is progressing, in order to tailor the learning experience for each individual.
While this landscape is powerful and exciting, it is also complex and rapidly evolving. In order to ensure effective collaboration and interoperability among educational standards, a comprehensive model was introduced – EDUPUB.
EDUPUB is a IDPF EPUB 3 profile intended to be implemented to package education content built using key Open Web Platform industry standards:
In many ways, building EDUPUB books is not that dissimilar from traditional print publishing. The main skills used in print publishing—authoring, editing, designing, managing, and so on—are still needed. Also, just as print publishing uses many different kinds of tools and workflows, EDUPUB publishing is equally flexible. What sets EDUPUB publishing apart from print publishing is extending the capabilities of the book, the importance of content modeling, and the possibilities for more efficient authoring and delivery.
Why EduPub? Who’s is it for?
With the growing and changing needs of students and teachers today, the digital textbook of tomorrow will require coordination across all content development and delivery players in order to provide the rich learning experience students are asking for. Educational resources don’t just come neatly packaged in textbooks anymore. Students and teachers use a multitude of resources-books, chapters, articles, media, quizzes, exercises, models, data, and more. And they need to use them online and offline, alone and collaboratively, on whatever device they want.
EDUPUB aims to remove friction to enable educational content of all types to be reliably distributed and interchanged between a wide variety of devices and platforms. So it is no surprise that there are many stakeholders involved in this process, from creating educational content (Publishers), to distribution (Platform Developers), to the audiences (Educators and Learners) that consume these resources.
The goal of EDUPUB is for content to be persistent, discoverable, manageable, reproducible, scalable, accessible, immediately available and unbound from particular formats. By standardizing educational semantics and reducing the number of variable formats for similar content, publishers, vendors, and content distributors can devote more of their resources to improving content, authoring and assembly tools, services, and end user experience and less of their resources on creating redundant output formats that provide no competitive advantage – truly a win-win for all stakeholders.
EduPUB and Impelsys
There are many ways to take existing content and bring it over to EDUPUB. Common starting formats include:
• Word manuscript
• InDesign or other page composition formats