Publishers Combine for World-First Education Platform
August 13, 2013 | Digital Publishing and Innovation
Copyright Agency has today introduced LearningField, a world-first subscription based digital education resource for Australian high school teachers and students.
LearningField provides an unparalleled model of choice for teachers to tailor resources to meet specific student needs.
Initially in conjunction with four leading publishers Cambridge University Press, Jacaranda (Wiley), Oxford University Press and Pearson, LearningField provides a resource-rich digital platform which allows teachers to select the best material to support the differing needs of Years 7-10 students across all subject areas. At launch, the service will include a full range of digital content from Australian publishers.
LearningField Director, Copyright Agency’s Ben Heuston, says, “Australian teachers are constantly searching for high-quality content to enhance learning. LearningField aims to meet that demand by providing aggregated content from credentialed educational publishers in an easy-to-use platform along with added extras, such as collaboration tools for assigning work.
“We want to improve learning outcomes by providing choice. When the teacher can pick the content that best suits their students’ needs, the student is more engaged and that improves outcomes,” says Mr Heuston.
The system, which has been trialed at a number of schools in Victoria and NSW in the past few months, “has generated an overwhelmingly positive response from teachers and administrators,” Mr Heuston says.
Sarah Cullinan, who has co-ordinated the trial at North Geelong Secondary College, is delighted with the flexibility that the platform offers. “LearningField has been fantastic for our Year 9 students as it allows them access to four textbooks per subject when they previously only had one. From a teaching perspective this is a huge advantage as we are able to differentiate the learning tasks for the students and provide different students with different work depending on their needs.”
Both teachers and students have reported high levels of engagement with LearningField. “LearningField is an exciting leap forward in e-textbooks for schools and has been enthusiastically adopted by our staff and students,” says IT Manager at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Brenton Harty.
For a single subscription fee, students and teachers can access the combined resources developed by Australian publishers by chapter or whole text and with advanced search functions. The content is mapped to the Australian curriculum, State curriculums and the NSW syllabus. It also provides single sign on with anywhere, anytime access including iPad, Android and PC readers.
Copyright Agency CEO, Jim Alexander, says “LearningField represents real innovation and a focus on providing wider access for teachers and students to the best Australian educational content.”