Chris Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education PreK-12 and Former Governor Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education discuss the use of modular content and interoperability.
You mentioned modularity, would you define that and talk a little more about it?
Oh, I think that, um, one of the most exciting parts of, of the work of educational technology is that we can break apart curriculum in appropriate pieces and parts and in fact, within the McGraw Hill family of work, we’re endeavoring on a huge project around student outcomes and crafting curriculum that’s focused on outcome and, um, and using, uh, appropriate instructional design, etc. to get there. The modularity comes in that you can move those pieces and parts around. Right now, a book is a book and it’s stuck in place and even e-books have their limits in terms of it, in fact, think e-book will be quickly forgotten stage of the evolution of educational technology. It’s been a necessary step, but not, um, a lasting one and, um, I think all educators yearn for some flexibility, they want to be able to work in an open environment where they can pull in our resources, someone else’s resources, open educational resources, and be able to work in an open environment, um, they’re doing that now, but it’s in a kludegy way, is the best way I can say it, um, because of the constraints of aspects of everybody else’s technology. That’s why we are huge believers at McGraw Hill of the IMS Global Standards because they will, um, help us set standards that will allow for that interoperability and modularity to work well.
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