A Digital Education

June 5, 2013

The 20th anniversary issue of Wired magazine is a digital education, perhaps the best one I know. Self-congratulatory anniversary issues tend to be flaccid stuff, but this one is chock-a-block full of goodies, many by they-were-there journalists. I enjoyed the issue first as a trip down memory lane. Wired magazine, particularly in its first few years, deeply influenced my understanding and appreciation of the digital culture in which I was then immersed. When Conde Nast bought Wired they settled it down in ways that didn’t settle well with me, although unquestionably it continued to provide some of the best journalism afforded to the high-tech industry. (more…)

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A Publishing Education, Part II

June 2, 2013

In my last post I offered a brief look at publishing training as offered through Masters of Publishing courses, in particular, the Simon Fraser University (SFU) MPub course. The Passive Voice blog linked to the post which in turn coaxed out a few interesting comments. (more…)

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A Publishing Education

May 14, 2013

The courses that convey traditional publishing knowledge are well-established. They’re mainly the Masters of Publishing courses at various universities around the U.S., Canada and the U.K. They’ve been turning out employable graduates for years now, women and men well-versed in publishing as we’ve understood it in the modern era. With the pace of change now so rapid it’s a great challenge for the educators responsible for these courses. In getting to know some of them I see their constant concern with keeping their curriculum up to date. (more…)

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Higher Education and Educational Publishing in 2012

December 13, 2012

I’m participating in a live chat on The Guardian tomorrow, Universities in 2012. As The Guardian phrases it, the past 12 months have indeed been heady. For me it’s the most important year in higher education since I began following the “industry” two decades ago. I think the developments we’ve followed this year — MOOCs, enhanced digital textbooks, mobile devices in the classroom, and much more — are truly taking root and will continue their explosive growth next year. I expect that 2012 will come to be designated as the year that education “tipped”. Not only higher education — because of the deserved popularity of tablets as teaching tools, K-12 as well. (more…)

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McGraw-Hill Sold for a Fraction of Cengage Learning

November 30, 2012

Let’s keep it simple in this posting.

On May 11, 2007 The Thomson Corporation announced that it had sold its Thomson Learning division to two private equity groups. The company was soon renamed Cengage Learning.

The last year that Thomson reported sales for Thomson Learning was fiscal year 2005.

Here’s the report: (more…)

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