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?

  • Publication can be a powerful incentive for students to create work to a high standard. So digital publishing in any form will be useful and is likely to be used increasingly. The potential for digital material to be published easily in more than one form is perhaps much less important than the potential to publish at all, in any format. However, publication is only motivating if it is something special, which is not easily achieved. If software automatically and effortlessly creates something which looks very smart, as happens on many blogs where the blogger simply chooses a design but does actually design the appearance of the blog, or if anyone can easily publish material of any quality or of no quality, as on Facebook for example, then publishing will not seem to be special and will not motivate students. So whether electronic publishing turns out to be valuable in schools will depend on how it is used; it will not achieve anything in particular of itself.- paul paul Oct 28, 2013
  • In Danish Upper Secondary Education e-books and i-books has been used for a couple of years by many schools. As the next step some of the schools have established R&D projects with e-publishing tools like Me Books (http://www.mebooks.co/), where teachers and students produce and distribute their own e-books or edit existing materials. The technology looks very promising in a five years perspective. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Oct 30, 2013
  • Electronic publishing eliminates limitations that used to prevent teachers from sharing their material and expertise (like printing costs, contracts with publishers, etc.) What is more, all the material online is easily updated so it can include all the latest news, trends, etc. - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene
  • I agree. What I like about electronic publishing is that the emphasis can be placed on process, and not only on final product. Sometimes the problem we have is that only some students understand what it takes to achieve a given result. The moment we can take publishing for granted, online tools can be used to display process and guide those who would otherwise be lost to walk their own path. I see many advantages in allowing process to be more easily traced. I believe this is what portfolios in K12 should be about, if we want students to be independent learners in higher education. Electronic publishing in wikis where feedback can both serve the individual and the group to support learning, is something that is certainly relevant.- nuria.desalvador nuria.desalvador Oct 31, 2013
  • In Greece the enriched textbook has given a significant impetus to pedagogical innovations. It is common knowledge that the use of digital media in education can not simply be the access to Wikipedia or YouTube. The challenge is how these media will provide a new and deeper meaning to the educational process, which should be more efficient in the sense of causing interest of students , nurturing creative imagination , promoting critical thinking and the desire for lifelong learning. In a traditional classroom , with printed books , the student motivation is quite limited. Through the digital book in Greece we had the opportunity to strengthen variously the students' learning motives. The personalized approach to knowledge meets the diverse needs of students . Students choose the level and type of support they want, the speed of learning , the environment in which they want to work the way they want to learn. - ikomninou ikomninou Nov 2, 2013

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

  • There is an accessibility standard ePub3 that applies to electronic publications, followed by Pearson for example (I think). It makes electronic publications much more accessible than print. http://idpf.org/epub/30 - roger.blamire roger.blamire Oct 30, 2013
  • Online free repositories of electronic publications such as iTunes U or others are very necessary. - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene Oct 30, 2013
  • Free tools to create electronic publications such as iBooks Author allow everyone to start publishing and sharing their content. - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene Oct 30, 2013
  • As almost anyone can produce electronic publications sometimes you can not be sure of content appropriacy or issues of hidden advertisment, so I would trust monitored or supervised repositories. - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene Oct 30, 2013
  • I have just read all the contribution to the flipped classroom and could not think of anything special to contribute to that, although I agreed to most of what was said. The flipped classroom is about making the most of student's capacity to listen and understand, while here we are talking about their capacity to produce. Learning implies developing and/or combing receptive and productive strategies . To that we have to add well-designed assessment, useful feedback and reflection. Then we should leave some room for creativity and artistic expression. In an ideal world, I would like technological solutions to evolve towards providing global solutions, but this is not often the case.- nuria.desalvador nuria.desalvador Oct 31, 2013

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on European schools education?

  • A lifeline for traditional textbook publishers?? - roger.blamire roger.blamire
  • Easier sharing and update of content, expertise, learning material, etc. - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene Oct 30, 2013
  • More focus on procedures and better guidance towards pre-established objectives.- nuria.desalvador nuria.desalvador Oct 31, 2013
  • I think that the spread of digital publications will be enormous for the European schools, as it will enhance the competitiveness of Europe against America or Australia that have a great progress in these areas. I believe that these technologies are important for the European Schools because they stimulate the search for and the selection of information sources either by following individual learning pace or collectively at group level and complex tasks , the grouping information and visualization and representation of key concepts. They allow correlation with prior knowledge , active involvement of the learner in the construction of knowledge , guidance step by step in building the concept and activation of critical capacity.- ikomninou ikomninou Nov 2, 2013

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

  • I think Poland is expecting all textbooks to be digitised. - roger.blamire roger.blamire Oct 30, 2013
  • Lithuanian initiative to digitalize literature works recommended to lower-secondary readers. - stasele.riskiene stasele.riskiene~
  • As I already mentioned, I am humbly experimenting with this in my classes, linking students first drafts to second drafts and then to learning diaries. fluwiki.wikispaces.com.- nuria.desalvador nuria.desalvador Oct 31, 2013
  • In Greece a very important project called “ Specifications of Digital Educational Platform , Development and Operation of Digital Knowledge Base , Digital Modulation and Technical Metadata of Educational Material, Infrastructure for Exemplary Teaching and Utilization of Common Involvement Web” has been developed. The Ministry of education has given high priority In creating this material for all the courses in the curriculum , so the Greek school would regain its competitiveness and to address the fundamental challenge of integrating technologies in the teaching lessons and school life in general ( Digital School - Collaborate-Paricipate . Specifically , in regard to the development of the digital educational content a digital platform has already been created , in which the school books in digital form, enriched with interactive material (animations, videos, hyperlinks , etc ) will be available as well as digital resources and teaching scenarios which will be completed by the end of 2014. In this project I participate too.- ikomninou ikomninou Nov 2, 2013

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