New Publishers Welcomed to Digital Platform
September 20, 2013 | Digital Publishing and Innovation
Three new publishers have signed on to provide educational material to Copyright Agency’s new digital platform for high schools, LearningField.
Cengage Learning, Helleman Books and PCS Publications have joined with the four founding publishers Cambridge University Press, Jacaranda (Wiley), Oxford University Press and Pearson, to provide aggregated digital content on an easy-to-use platform, along with added extras such as collaboration tools for assigning work.
LearningField Director, Copyright Agency’s Ben Heuston, says, “The addition of these three publishers improves the texts on offer to teachers and students in core subjects as well as languages and technology.”
“Cengage Learning is one of Australia’s leading publishers in the education space. The company’s content across the Australian curriculum, NSW syllabuses, and in languages, has been especially sought after by schools.”
David O’Brien from Cengage Learning says “Joining LearningField continues our strategy of offering our teacher and student customers a wide range of purchasing options and delivery platforms. The flexibility and single sign-on approach that LearningField provides is a most elegant solution.”
Heuston is “especially pleased to have our first small publishers, Helleman Books from NSW and PCS Publications from Queensland, on board.”
“We are working hard to develop LearningField as a solution for both schools and publishers. These two new signings are concrete proof of LearningField’s utility to small publishers.”
Helleman Books’ Babs Helleman said “I truly believe this project is the way forward especially for small self-publishers like me. It gives me the opportunity to present the content of my books directly to schools with the added advantage of freeing me from the costs of printing, advertising and time spent packing boxes of books!”
PCS Publications Managing Director, Shayne Baker, OAM, says “The chapter based nature of LearningField aligns with the way my content is used, either from a curriculum perspective or from the vocational training package application. I like the fact we just provide the files to Copyright Agency and they take care of the rest.”
More than 1500 Year 7-10 students and teachers took part in a trial of LearningField in Victoria and NSW in recent months, “generating an overwhelmingly positive response,” Mr Heuston says.
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, Victorian curriculum and the NSW syllabus. It also provides single sign on with anywhere, anytime access including iPad, Android and PC readers.
Copyright Agency is in talks with other publishers to add further content to LearningField.