Ebooks: the format of the academic future

by Steven Schwartz, the Guardian

We have a profoundly different higher education system to the one that took shape in the 19th and 20th centuries. Technology is influencing higher education as never before. As Google chief Eric Schmidt has said, the internet isn’t making inevitable change faster; it has become the engine of change. I do not believe in technological determinism. Nothing is inevitable, and we have the power to shape the way we use technologies. But, a technological revolution is taking place and it will go ahead with or without us. As one who has frequently called on universities to embrace and adapt to technological change, I leapt at the opportunity to write an ebook. It is no MITx, MIT’s online learning initiative – but it is the first ebook to be published by an academic at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/mar/15/ebooks-academic-future-universities-steven-schwartz

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