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Connect@NMC - Xplana and the Future of Educational Publishing (Event)

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Please join us and Dr. Rob Reynolds, co-founder of Xplana, as he discusses this unique educational publishing and research platform and offers a glimpse of how this fits into the future of educational publishing. Xplana is a social learning and content distribution platform that combines open, commercial, and user-generated content, and promotes informal and formal learning efforts around that content. The vision of Rob and the developers of Xplana is to design one possible future for learning content and its distribution, a future in which learning content is flexible, ubiquitously available, and either free or affordable for all students.

In this presentation, will take a look at Xplana's research on student behaviors and digital content, and examine how Xplana has designed and architected its learning and content distribution platform to address its research-driven vision for the future. We will discuss platform decisions related to features (included and discarded), design and UX decisions, and shown planned platform evolutions from future releases. Topics covered in the discussion will include user-generated content and mashups, OERs and other open content, course taxonomies and content metadata decisions, social learning, LMS platforms, and digital textbooks.

Time: Thursday, March 17 at 12pm Pacfic Time / 2pm Central Time (check for local time )
Place: This event will be held in our Connect Webinar room: An archive of the session will be posted here within 24 hours.

Speaker Biography
Rob Reynolds was born and raised in Texas, and earned a Ph.D. in Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at a variety of colleges and universities including the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, and Yale University. In addition to scholarly research, Rob also began writing ancillary materials for Spanish textbooks in the late 90’s. After more than a decade as an award-winning university instructor, Rob transitioned into administration at the University of Oklahoma, where he served as a Director of Information Technology. In 2003, Rob left academia and joined the world of textbook publishing. First with McGraw-Hill and later with Cengage, he created strategies to help these companies transition from print to digital products. Rob co-founded Xplana in 2004 and has served as its President and Chief Product Officer. Today, Rob is the Director of Product Design and Research for Xplana, now a division of MBS Textbook Exchange.

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