Welcome to LearningField. We thought we’d kick off our first blog post with a bit about how LearningField got started and the problems we are hoping to help solve.
Eighteen months ago, Copyright Agency and some of Australia’s largest publishers got together to think of better ways to satisfy the needs of teachers, students and schools around the delivery of digital textbooks.
LearningField started with the dual understanding that it’s both an exciting time to be at the forefront of digital learning and that during this digital transformation, schools, teachers, students, parents and publishers are facing multiple pressures. Curriculums are changing, the student assessment process is continuous and technology is advancing at a pace that can make teaching more confusing, not less.
Teachers have told us that searching for suitable material to support learning can be difficult, time consuming and represents a burden that has become significant.
Schools have asked publishers for a better way to fulfill their texts and are expecting fulfillment as good as they get when they buy a novel to read in their spare time or buy a digital music track. Being provided a cardboard code to redeem an e-textbook through an intermediary is not something that necessarily hits this expectation.
Developed with these expectations, new devices, access and digital content as the foundation, LearningField seeks to solve for teachers, students, schools and publishers.
We offer single sign on to all resources as a matter of course. This was an immediate need but we realize we need to move well beyond this. With strong school advice during our trial phase we have developed ways to get the content onto the devices of students quickly and seamlessly. We offer access across the likely range of devices including iPad, Android, Mac and PC. This access works online and offline recognizing the differing nature of school networks. We are investigating true single sign on to link publisher resources to the other spaces for learning such as the LMS or Google Docs.
LearningField has a model of choice that we hope better meets the needs and practices of teachers than the purchase and ownership of a physical text. Our simple subscription provides unlimited access to the unrivalled choice of texts and chapters from Australia’s leading educational publishers including Cambridge University Press, Jacaranda (Wiley), Oxford University Press and Pearson. We are receiving feedback this model of choice allows teachers to pick the resources they feel best fits the differing needs of their students. Publishers have facilitated a subscription offering that allows choice across year level to really cater for these different needs and we look forward to seeing how this is used in practice in Australian classrooms. We thank the publishers for faciliating such choice: it’s a world first in schools.
We also strongly believe in supporting teachers, schools and students in adopting what is a new way to access their texts. New technology, even that as simple as LearningField, needs explanation and support in the manner that users want to hear this. We are now driving strong implementation plans to manage for day 1 success in our contracted schools. You will hear more about this.
Using the platform, teachers can deliver content faster and in more diverse and relevant ways, providing the best learning outcome for every student in the class.
So stay tuned and let us know how you feel! You can also follow LearningField on Twitter (@learningfieldau) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/learningfield).
With your feedback and suggestions we hope to keep teachers and students at the forefront of digital learning.
I look forward to starting this journey with you all.