Further to yesterday’s post about next week’s #TOCFFM #DIGTXT panel discussion on the changing face of textbook publishing: here’s a little more about the members of our expert panel for the session:
Amir Winer is Head of Video & Interactive Courseware at the Open University of Israel. He is responsible for migrating over 1,000 textbooks of the University’s academic press from print to interactive digital formats as part of the University’s Digital Textbooks Initiative. He is also responsible for producing academic video courseware and interactive learning objects. As if that wasn’t sufficient he also acts as a Government advisor on Education, and has direct experience of how national educational policy can influence the shift to digital and to new business models.
Michael Cairns (known to many of us as @personanondata) is a publishing and data veteran, having run Bowker, and consulted with many global academic publishers durning the course of his career. Most recently he has been an advisor to SharedBook who he joined full time in early 2012 - since when he has rolled out their academic service AcademicPub.Com. Followers of Michael’s blog will know that he has a deep interest in academic and educational publishing, and has been an informed and insightful commentator in this area for many years.
Before joining Ingram’s VitalSource® in 2006 William Chesser was Assistant Director of Training for the National Paideia Center, a teacher-training and instructional-development organization in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel where her worked with a high-profile collection of educators from around the U.S. to develop classroom innovation strategies and techniques and to deliver them to school systems across the country. At Vital Source, Willaim has been instrumental in the early design, development, and implementation of the VitalSource® Bookshelf® e-textbook platform, and has worked closely with many publishers who now take advantage of this platform.
We’re aiming for a lively, interactive & informative discussion. You can jump in now via #TOCFFM #DIGTXT or by emailing me at SheilaB@otpi.co.uk. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Frankfurt next Tuesday morning.