SI791/040 – Connecting Next Generation Learning Management Systems and Publishing

This is an independent study course where we will be looking closely at the next-generation EPUB3 electronic book publishing format and how it can revolutionize teaching and learning systems as well as the open educational resources (OER) space. EPUB3 is the standard for the next generation of electronic books and includes features similar to those found in Apple’s iBooks Author program. We will also look at blending capabilities from the IMS Common Cartridge into EPUB3. We will also look at the architectures of next-generation learning management systems using the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability Specification, specifically with an eye toward building systems suitable for use in MOOC environments.

We will collaborate and involve groups like IMS Global Learning Consortium, the International Digital Publishing Forum, the Connexions Project, OERPUB, Mozilla, INGRAM, UM Libraries, UM ITS, and Open Michigan, and others.

Two of the tasks we will undertake to contextualize our inquiry is to write a complete open book in EPUB3 about Sakai and also build an open source EPUB3 editing system in HTML5/Javascript. We are looking for a diverse group of people ranging from writers to programmers. Even though I have two contextualizing tasks to get us started – we may take the class in different directions once we have our first few class meetings.

Space will be limited and students will need to apply to join the course. There will be orientation session session where I will answer questions and gauge interest:

Update: I am looking to move the meeting time

The course will meet:

Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 – 1265NQ, Starting January 15, 2013

Interested students are also welcome to send me E-Mail with questions.


MOOCs are Really Great! But What’s Next?

Bill McCoy (IDPF) – Introducing ePUB3

Share Everywhere : Create and Share Content with Legs

BEA 2012 – EPUB3 is here – are you ready?

Next Generation Learning Platforms

EPUB3: Not Your Father’s EPUB

EPUB3 Demo and Examples

International Digital Publishing Forum

Readium: Digital Publishing Meets Open Web (A free HTML5 EPUB3 Reader)

EPUB3 Sample Documents