20 years ago or so, print publishing changed, typesetting, film seperations and many other processes that took many people to achieve was now shifting over to a little personal computer and putting the power into the hands of anyone with the skills.
15 years ago or so, music publishing changed, MP3 file compression and file sharing put the power of distribution of content into everyone’s hands. For better or worse.
10 years ago or so, video publishing changed, YouTube, MySpace, Vimeo, Google and now Hulu, Netflix and many more offer video streaming. And once again the creationg and distribution of content is available to nearly anyone with the skills and acccess.
On line shopping, mail service, and the list goes on have all been transformed by the digital revolution not unlike the industrial revolution.
Education is next.
The thrust of energy and access to on-line, virtual learning tools is putting publishing of educational content to the masses and creating a level playing field to many. It is also forcing educators from Pre-K to Post Graduate to re-think their models.
Interstingly, those creating the educational models of the future may not have a revenue model to sustain the process. This is what the newspaper industry struggled with initially, and once the content is out for free, or reliant on ad based revenue, it may be too late.
Here are just a few recent articles and resources.
MIT, Khan Academy Partner on Instructional Videos
Michigan Program provides new learning exprience.
YouTube launches Education Tube
TED Talks releases Ted Ed beta