Rob Abel, Chief Executive Officer of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, made a prescient comment to kick off the second EDUPUB workshop in Salt Lake City on February 12th and 13th: educational publishing is hard.
The challenge of moving educational publishing to digital is multifaceted. Digital textbooks need to include dynamic content, interactive tests and quizzes, and multimedia, of course, which is a challenge in its own right. But they’re also composed of discrete entities – modules, learning objects and similar – information that is often aggregated from content management systems so only the final output may appear as a cohesive unit. Add on top the need for rich metadata, not only about the title but all the components within it, and production is certainly not trivial.