Whether speaking about print or online training materials or e-learning, it is all part of the bigger picture: education. It could be online corporate training, vocational training, matriculating and non-matriculating studies, and so much more—and it should be accessible by everyone, even those with disabilities. You may or may not have heard of Section 508, but its core mandate for government agencies provides a worthy model for the private sector to follow.
While the trend in recent years has been to focus on the cloud, a majority of companies still maintain their own data centers or a combination of their own supplanted with a portion of cloud space/storage. Years’ worth of content resides in these data centers, as well as older content that continues in printed forms only. The increasing ease of finding and sharing digital content creates more opportunities than ever to grow and expand business—by digitizing assets that might have previously been published, stored, and forgotten.
With schools around the US starting to gather materials and stock their costly print textbooks back in the closet until the fall, it begs the question as to why more schools haven’t adopted digital textbooks, especially in light of Bring Your Own Device initiatives and the popularity that movement has experienced. With students in even the lower elementary grades around the country now authorized to carry and use their own personally-purchased mobile devices for school, textbooks should naturally have followed.