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A new world for digital educational publishers

Thanks to changes in the way school, university and on the job training is now delivered, there has been a substantial shift in the way that educational texts are prepared passed to students. Increasingly, the traditional publisher who would be based around a printing works, is now having to change to accommodate the fact that coursework is now much more often delivered via a DVD containing documents and software files.

And there is also a shift to delivering more and more coursework via the internet, in the form of online learning.
Not only can this be more cost efficient, it also lends itself to creating new interactions, allowing pupils who are physically remote, to compete or collaborate together on coursework, completing assignments in real time.
Marking of coursework, too, can therefore be undertaken in new ways, promising further efficiency and cost
savings for educators.

So the market for digital educational publishers is growing. Such specialists are becoming more widely in demand, in order to create coursework in new formats. The new formats are no longer constrained by what can be put on the page, which with book publishing was the limit on the provision of information, and one that also limited the size and scope of illustrations. With a DVD, a software programme or a website, there is almost no limit to the space available for content to be added.

While this gives digital educational publishers the opportunity to add more and more, increasingly complex, illustrations and content, there is a practical limit defined by cost rather than capacity. Simply, if it takes the digital educational publisher a long time to create data files, animations and illustrations, then costs can escalate. In practice, it remains essential to consider what information needs to be imparted, and which of these new
digital media are best for imparting it, before diving in to the exciting worlds of animation, illustration software
and multimedia.

Into this expanding market sector have come a number of new suppliers, with the skills and expertise in-house to make the most of the opportunities that new media make available. Among these is HL Studios, which is able to deliver on-demand specialist support to mainstream publishers. As a specialist digital educational publisher, HL Studios has a team of project managers, designers, page layout specialists and illustrators that mean it can handle projects for a combined digital and print output. As a result, HL Studios often ends up working in support of a more traditionally structured educational publisher. Its own software has been developed geared towards interactive whiteboards, creating a book with video, images and activities on a page.

One other major area where educational text book material has moved on, is in the way it is delivered. Today’s school children and students are as likely to carry round their school work and school books on a DVD or USB flash drive, as they are to lug around heavy printed books. And increasingly, with the advent of smartphones and greater availability of wifi, it will soon be quite normal to host files on the cloud, rather than physically carry them around. Companies such HL Studios are ready for the challenge of designing digital educational material for this new age.

Contact HL Studios


Phone: +44 (01993) 848260

HL Studios, Witney Business Centre, Windrush House, Witney, Oxon, OX29 7DX.