Are Your New Hires Failing to Meet Expectations? It Might Not Be Entirely Their Fault

Hiring people is exhausting.  You have to write the ad, screen out all the crazies, conduct a bunch of interviews, realize in the process that […]

Materials writing news and views, July 2019

Sorry, been busy! Here’s some latest news with a Pearson-heavy start!   Pearson to phase out print textbooks The big news announced yesterday (BBC article […]

Materials writing news and views, March 2019

A longer post this month – some overspill from the last post and then happenings over the last few weeks… What’s new out recently? Here […]

Textbooks are obsolete. Get over it.

Recently, in their annual letter where Bill and Melinda Gates reflect on the things that they (and...

Materials writing news and views, Feb 2019

Thought I’d start sharing a semi-regular post on materials writing for those (semi-)interested. Just news, views, jobs I see and stuff. Whatever, don’t know yet! […]

Tech tips for new materials writers

These tips may sound simple to some, but useful to others! As a new writer I reckon you’ll have to do some of the things […]

Pearson Tested 'Social-Psychological' Messages in Learning Software, With Mixed Results

An experiment with embedding "growth-mindset" messaging in software appeared to help students persist when they encountered difficulty—and raised ethical concerns.

I clearly love coursebooks

I always feel embarrassed when I speak up for coursebooks. I think I’m supposed to hate them. Everybody else seems to, so I guess that’s […]

Richard Culatta Named New Chief Executive Officer of ISTE

Most recently chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island, Richard Culatta served for four years before that as U.S. director of educational technology.

New 'Open' Ed. Project to Challenge Commercial Publishers for K-12 Work

Open Up Resources, a nonprofit led by a former Pearson executive, will try to produce openly licensed material at "curriculum scale," rather than just individual […]

CliffsNotes Goes Digital, Personalized...For Some Products

The popular yellow-cover study-guide series is offering a personalized, digital subscription service for its test-prep materials, but not its better-known literature-review guides.

McGraw-Hill Education Pulls Textbook Amid Criticism Over Middle East Map

A series of maps in a comparative politics textbook purporting to show Palestinian loss of land enraged pro-Israel groups.

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