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The Case for Richer Online Content

by Joshua Bolkan

The Journal

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Makes 3 Online Curricula Available Via Trunity ELearning Platform

Access to strong educational content is one of the most powerful tools we have for overcoming economic and social challenges,” said Tim Cannon, executive vice president of international markets and global strategic alliances at HMH, in a prepared statement. “Our partnership with Trunity allows us to offer our dynamic, interactive digital content to customers in both on- and offline environments, which is particularly important in countries where students may not have reliable internet access.

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Taking Content Online In New Ways

Through a partnership with Trunity, a self-publishing platform for educators, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is making online content available to students through an e-learning platform that allows content to be augmented in various ways to help personalize learning. E-learning materials, in many regards, have yet to live up to their potential, with many online resources simply offering traditional content in an online format. What opportunities may exist to truly leverage the potential of digital content?

Technology can be the great equalizer and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is setting out to provide it to a broader audience; digital curricula may provide options for schools in rural or underserved areas. The process, though, shouldn’t simply involve uploading content as is—instructors have an opportunity to use digital content to more effectively engage with, and monitor, students.