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In most industries, technology-enabled competition is deemed healthy and vital. Accustomed to a hyper-competitive modern world, we expect even the largest and most prestigious companies to be continually challenged by nimbler, more creative upstarts. Economists teach that disruptive innovation by newcomers and creative destruction of entrenched incumbents leads to better products and services. When a century-old auto company, airline, investment bank, or newspaper files for bankruptcy or disappears altogether, we regret the attendant human suffering but count the loss as the price of progress, knowing that without competitive innovation and destruction we would enjoy a standard of living no better than our great-grandparents did.
"… we’ve discovered alignment in views about the importance of the shift from print to digital education content, and that Blackboard can catalyze this trend to the benefit of our clients." --Ray Henderson on " Blackboard's Next Chapter " - 7/1/11 Will EDU publishers provide an important and growing alternative revenue stream for LMS platform companies? Say you are a higher ed textbook publisher. McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Cengage etc.
For technology reputed to be the future of reading, e-books have had a hard go of it in higher education. Students have for years declined to purchase electronic versions of their textbooks, and instructors have largely refrained from assigning them except when they are given no choice . University presses, in many cases, have been even less successful than textbook publishers in selling electronic versions of their books.
While tablet computer ownership is still not prevalent among college students, a survey by the Pearson Foundation found that students say the devices could improve their educational experience -- and many say they want one. But the study also finds a disconnect between that demand and interest in digital textbooks. About 8 in 10 college students surveyed said they believed that tablet computers were valuable for educational purposes, and most saw themselves owning a tablet in the future.
Community colleges reported a 9 percent increase in their distance education enrollments from fall 2009 to fall 2010, according to a national survey of two-year institutions released Tuesday by the Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges. This increase is higher than the 7 percent increase in overall student enrollment in all of higher education and the 8 percent increase at community colleges during the same time period. Survey respondents identified several factors that contributed to this growth.
Why Big EDU Publishers and Small EdTech Companies Need Each Other Prediction : In the next 2 years we will see an acceleration of investments and purchases in the edtech startup and edtech small company (revenues <=$20 million a year) space by the likes of Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cengage. Why the EDU Publishers Need the EdTech Companies:
The California Legislature is considering a bill that critics say would create separate community college courses for the “haves” and the “have-nots” on some campuses. The bill would allow two-year institutions to create “extension programs” offering credit courses. The courses would have to be “self-supporting, with all costs recovered,” and could not supplant existing courses funded with state dollars. But the courses could be quite similar to the regular courses — just with much higher tuition rates.