A new report from SRI Education evaluates Gates Foundation’s investments in digital courseware over the last five years.Â Executive Summary available.Â Abstract below.Â Report offers lessons learned, gaps in knowledge base data, and nine recommendations for future courseware investments.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationâ€™s Postsecondary Success initiative seeks to understand what is required for technology applications to produce positive student impacts at scale. SRI analyzed the features of 137 different courses from 12 major postsecondary courseware-related projects and performed a quantitative meta-analysis of student outcomes to estimate the impact of digital courseware on student learning. Follow-up analyses examined the design features, conditions, and practices associated with differences in student outcomes. A conceptual framework relating evaluation approaches to stages of learning technology investment is provided.
CLEVELANDâ€”January 8, 2015â€”Capitalizing on the latest advances in eBook technology and popular catalog availability, public libraries saw digital checkouts rise again to record levels in 2014.Â OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading eBook and audiobook platform for libraries and schools, announced today that circulation of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media increased 33% in 2014 to 137 million checkouts, while web traffic and discoverability similarly increased, especially on mobile devices.
Weâ€™re excited to announce that 2014â€™s â€œ1 Million Checkout Clubâ€ includes 10 public library systems, surpassing the six lirbaries that accomplished this feat in 2013! Checkouts include all borrowed digital items including eBooks, audiobooks, music, streaming video and periodicals from the libraryâ€™s OverDrive-powered collection and each of the libraries experienced significant year-over-year growth from 2013.
The following libraries have joined the 2014 Million Digital Checkouts Club:
Publishing Technology released a report earlier this month about trends in mobile phone ebook reading.Â An infographic, slides of a presentation, and full report are all available using the link above.
The survey, consisting of 3,000 consumers from the US and UK, concluded that:
43% have read an e-book, or part of an e-book, on their handsets
66% of mobile phone book readers currently read more on their phones than they did last year
Publishing Technology explored the subject of mobile phone book reading by surveying consumers in the US and UK to better understand their habits and preferences.Â They unveiled theÂ results and key trends from the study over the course of the 2014Â Frankfurt Book Fair.Â The Publishing Technology blog, Content Forward, also includes study results for mobile devices and a variety of other topics.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ â€” A new report released today from the Aspen Institute looks at how â€“ in an age of instant and abundant information â€“ U.S. public libraries can drive community advancements unlike any other public institution.
â€œRising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Librariesâ€ explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The multiyear dialogue brings library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders together to explore the future of public libraries. Continue reading “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” new report from Aspen Institute→
RedShelf is a leading supplier of digital learning materials, dedicated to providing paramount technology to the learning community in order to accelerate the transition to digital. In collaboration with strategic partners, publishers, institutional bookstores, and other content creators. RedShelf streamlines the discovery and distribution of eBooks and other digital course materials for todayâ€™s students. Utilizing a seamless browser-based eReader solution along with a powerful eCommerce engine, RedShelf provides easily accessible and cost-effective learning materials to learners everywhere. Continue reading eTextbooks have high satisfaction rate says RedShelf survey→
Lyon, France (August 20) –Â Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing theÂ NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context. Continue reading New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report→
The brand perception of libraries remains firmly planted in tradition. Libraries = books.
Inconvenient = irrelevant.Â Out of sight, out of mind.Â On my mobile, on my mind.
The library just “didn’t come to mind” for the majority of online learners.
A new future is coming to educationâ€”and libraries. The sparks are visible. Itâ€™s time to act.
Students, parents and online learners see library spaces as convenient places to work. They value online access to materials. They say that libraries provide the tools to get work done and offer relevant, current information.
Putting library convenience center stage will increase library relevance.
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