Category Archives: Platforms and Content

Convergence of Continuing Education and Decision Support Systems

With regard to professional and occupational knowledge and practice, education and decision support have always been close cousins.  You may learn your profession as a pharmacist, structural engineer, or urban planner at a university but you will turn to various decision support tools (reference works, manuals, short online tutorials) to deal, in the workplace, with… Read More »

Please Don’t Disturb Dr. Jones, She is Platforming Her Course

The convergence of digital publishing, online communities, and online education continues at a rapid pace and those of us in the business have to adopt new language to describe processes and outcomes that did not exist years or even months ago.   An August 1, 2014 article in the media section of the New York… Read More »

Office Mix is in the Mix

Microsoft is continuing the beta rollout of the online education authoring and delivery platform Office Mix.  As we have discussed previously, Office Mix is an add-in to Microsoft Powerpoint which allows one to develop online lectures and presentations that include video narration, inking for noting and highlighting, inline assessments/surveys, and screen capture demos. Distinguished scientist… Read More »

Content Management Goes to School

By now Content Management Systems (CMS) are well established in most corporate environments — especially those heavily regulated such as transportation, energy, and legal verticals.  Firms whose product is content have also invested heavily in CMS though typically these systems are optimized for rich media management which brings with it special challenges associated with video… Read More »

Disruptive Innovation in Professional Education and Decision Support

Communities and services built on curated digital collections of tutorial-format information are disrupting several “industries” including higher education, continuing education, and professional and occupational publishing (textbooks, reference works, and manuals). A great example is UpToDate.com, which has replaced printed textbooks, reference works, and journal articles in many U.S. teaching hospitals and medical practices. Quoting from… Read More »

Six Significant Hurdles (to building value from curated collections)

It seems as though any university, publisher, or professional society should be able create a robust curated collection for education and decision support.  These types of enterprises have most of the right assets and experience. They employ, or have access to, many individuals with directly relevant content knowledge.  They have commercial and organizational experience in… Read More »

Nanodegrees: A Better Bridge Between Education and Jobs?

There has been a rapid increase in the number and diversity of high quality skills training courses and programs available from new generation online providers.  While their business models vary, the rapidly improving polish and quality of the user experiences of many of these offerings attest, at least in part, to their ability attract impressive… Read More »

Authoring and Delivery of Online Lessons Becomes Easy

This summer Microsoft is rolling out an authoring and delivery tool, called Office Mix, that seems likely to drive down the cost of preparing online lessons and tutorials, and of building digital collections for education, decision support and knowledge management.  Office Mix extends Powerpoint 2013 (with the addition of a web camera) to enable users… Read More »

The Digital Gold Rush in Occupational Education and Services

The relatively low cost of developing and deploying occupation-specific digital collections, and related communities and services, has created a digital gold rush.  Content-rich enterprises such universities, professional societies, and publishers of reference works, manuals, and textbooks are moving to convert content to new platforms even as technology companies are rushing to generate and secure content… Read More »