What is Electronic Publishing?


Already firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic publishing is redefining the boundaries between print and digital, still image and video, passive and interactive. Modern digital workflows support almost any form in which content might appear, from traditional print to digital, web, video, and even interactive content. Building in the full spectrum of potential publishing avenues — print, web, video, mobiles and tablets, and interactives — from the beginning is not only a way to streamline production overall, but also to increase the reach of the materials produced by leveraging the content over a wide range of media. If the first revolution in electronic publishing was making publishing platforms accessible to anyone, the next phase is the linking of these platforms together to produce new combinations and new types of content. New concepts like the Online Scholarly Catalog Initiative (OSCI) and Responsive Design will allow that content to be easily archived as well as ported to any device.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Electronic publishing could offer a number of possibilities for the education sector, be it a requirement for a folio of work for entry into certain courses or evidence of learning through the course to its completion. It also makes it possible for educators to create their own material that best meets their teaching styles and share appropriate resources in a timely fashion. - steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 20, 2015
  • Electronic publishing is one of the key elements in delivering high quality online learning designs. Sourcing, developing, adapting, scaffolding engaging content and activities and then making tehm available across a range of devices, is one of the most time consuming aspects of online course design; if electronic publishing is going to make this less time consuming, easier, less frustrating, then bring it on. - geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 26, 2015
  • anyone know why kindle;'s etc havent taken off for academic texts? < still wondering...> - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 27, 2015
  • The latest EDUCAUSE Review has a very informative report from Indiana University on their e-text initiative (http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/instructor-engagement-e-texts. I think the use of e-texts which are simply digital copies of existing textbooks is particularly discouraging. It is like hiring an 18-wheeler truck to move a lamp. Electronic Publishing can be several orders of magnitude more rich than simple duplication of print. While the use of instructor highlights, annotations and classroom presentations using e-texts does encourage students to use e-texts (as per reference above), I think the future will be in highly interactive texts that allow multiple paths for learning, and use sound statistical modeling to guide students thru those paths.- s.diener s.diener Feb 28, 2015


(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Once archived and available for any device who has access? What copyright issues need to be navigated? - geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 26, 2015 - ktairi ktairi Mar 1, 2015 Publishers do not want to make this too easy as they have a bottom line they want to protect
  • New ways of organizing the development, design, delivery, re-purposing, need to be explored - too often it is left to the academic to create the content, design clever ways in which the students will engage with the content and then struggle with the electronic publishing. The current staffing model in Australian Universities is unsustainable. - geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 26, 2015 interesting Geoff, in carpe diems (gillysalmon.com/carpe-diem) , I use 'content only as a spark to start an activitiy- the more open the better. (never gives up... lol) - gillysalmon gillysalmon!
  • The missing theme here is that electronic publishing also has the potential to lead profound cultural change around how we conduct and communicate our scholarly work. In the referenced EDUCAUSE Review above, please take a moment to read Mark Edington's piece on the Commons of Scholarly Communication. - s.diener s.diener Feb 28, 2015
  • openness and licensing complex as repackaging content for reuse can often be fraught and time consuming- ktairi ktairi Mar 1, 2015 chasing permissions etc...
  • With 61% of the world's population without internet, how can electronic publishing be fully leveraged without connectivity? - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • As software improves then the skills of educators and students to create content reduces, but initially the time to learn and curate the necessary resource or capture and input their own may be high. - steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 20, 2015
  • Not sure of this is a fundamental educational technology innovation or just a supporting technology model. However it will definitely support several educational paradigms such as collaborative content production, encourage students as creators, etc. - philcounty philcounty Feb 26, 2015
  • It goes without saying (but of course I am going to) that creating rich, engaging e-texts is beyond most of us as educators. But perhaps the entire model of having a TEXTBOOK is antiquated. The potential for electronic publishing to be done on an ad hoc basis is very high, and certainly not new. If we could put better tools for assembling those materials with concept-linking, branching, adaptive learning and assessment, what would happen? Gives me goosebumps. - s.diener s.diener Feb 28, 2015
  • - ktairi ktairi Mar 1, 2015 it is what we would all like to see quality, engaging interactive resources that are easily accessible without complex licensing agreements. A library like Swinburne now provides 81% of content as digital (rather than physical print material). Recent studies question whether this is the best way to read. How can we improve the experience for students? It definitely has a profound effect on student's experience if you have libraries without books. What kinds of learning spaces become possible?

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • I think there are many efforts and activities that would fall under the domain "electronic publishing", but we are a bit stuck on a definition that is basically about print-to-digital. After all, what is a MOOC other than a carefully assembled, interactive "textbook" that guides a student through a sequence of "chapters"? That those chapters include engaging digital lectures (in particularly good instances), self-pace learning activities, and self-administered assessments, simply shows the power for assembling learning. Put it all on a memory stick. Electronic publishing. - s.diener s.diener Feb 28, 2015
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