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ERIC Number: ED497024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 53
Abstractor: ERIC
A Generational Opportunity: A 21st Century Learning Content Delivery System
McElroy, Patrick
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
This paper describes a collaboratively developed, open marketplace for network-based learning and research content for the higher education community. It explores how available technologies and standards can facilitate a new knowledge creation industry for higher education learning content that engages all stakeholders in new ways. The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance has requested that the authors prepare this paper as a resource for the Committee's impending report to Congress on textbook costs. This request was based in part on the authors' previous publications, presentations and thought leadership related to the changing forms and distribution models for higher education learning and reference content in the digital age. The Committee requested the authors respond to the following questions: (1) What is wrong with the current system of creating and delivering instructional content to undergraduate college students? (2) What would an ideal future system--using 21st century technology--look like: structure, functions, benefits etc.? (3) How would a collaborative effort--led by the higher education community--to move toward that system be structured? (4) What are the major technological, legal, economic (market) and other challenges that such an effort would have to overcome? (5) How might the federal government encourage the creation and ultimate success of such an effort? A chapter is devoted to each of the first four questions. The fifth question is addressed in the conclusion. The higher education community is calling for new forms and formats of learning content that meet the needs of students and instructors. Given the untenable state of the textbook-based learning content industry, there is little choice but to move forward with alacrity towards a digital age solution. (Contains 107 endnotes.) [This paper was prepared with Joan Leonard and Barry Beckerman.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A