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denis saulnier
Interests: eLearning product innovation, academic publishing, publishing technology, stuff
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We had a great Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative session earlier this month, inviting representatives from two Boston-area publishing associations to explain more about what they do: Bookbuilders of Boston and the Society for Scholarly Publishing's New England Regional Chapter. Michael... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I co-chair the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative and this week we had a great session on metadata for academic publications, with guests from CrossRef and Lumina Datamatics. The presentations can be found on our website. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
We recently engaged with Dr. Benjamin Gilad, a leading war game facilitator, to lead a war games exercise for our staff at Harvard Business Publishing’s Higher Education unit. Ben Gilad is a leading theorist on competitive intelligence theory, co-founder of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I'm co-chair of the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative, and we recently held a great session on Web Accessibility. Our guests were Richard Schwertfeger, IBM's CTO of Accessibility, and Peter K. Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Carswell Professor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
Our management team in Harvard Business Publishing’s Higher Education unit has been leading some staff training, and I chose Innovation & Creativity. As a basis I used our Harvard ManageMentor (HMM) module on the subject of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I wrote earlier about Revamping our Product Development Department here at Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Education unit. Part of that revamp included codifying some practices that we would use as part of our design approach. These practices include process, content,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I co-chair the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative, and we had a fantastic session with our guests Sanders Kleinfeld, Director of Publishing Technology, O'Reilly Media; Joshua Tallent, Chief eBook Architect and Jenifer Lyman, Content Services Chief, both of Firebrand Technologies. They... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I recently took over as lead of our Product Design & Delivery group here at Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Education unit. This is a very successful department with a rich history in distributing and creating top content for business curricula,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
Here at Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Ed group, we've been collaborating more closely lately in new product development efforts with Harvard Business School's Baker Library and the Knowledge & Library Services group that supports it. They do incredible work, from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I just finished reading The Content Machine: Towards a Theory of Publishing from the Printing Press to the Digital Network​, by Michael Bhaskar. It provides a great historical perspective on the publishing industry in order to give context to a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at eLearning Design & Delivery
It's been almost a year since I wrote about the edX announcement and launch. Alot has happened since then -- particularly in the area of understanding more about their platform's adaptive tutoring and grading capabilities, learning analytics promise, and business... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at eLearning Design & Delivery
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This blog entry reviews a not-for-profit organization called ITHAKA that focuses helps the academic community “use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.” It does this via a number of entities... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
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Harvard’s announcement this month that it was joining forces with MITx to launch EdX, a series of (free and paid) openly-available online courses, fueled an already buzzing trend in higher education: MOOCs, or massively open online courses. The move is... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
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The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is an “entrepreneurial nonprofit” whose mission is to “explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
At Harvard Business School's Publishing group we've been a longtime fan of custom business simulations, and took thet custom development approach when we designed the platform and portfolio of our own business simulation games. It's nice to see that the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I recently attended a presentation at Harvard Business School by information architecture (IA) guru Peter Morville. Peter is creator of the findability.org blog, founder of IA and user experience (UX) consulting firm Semantic Studios, and author of several O’Reilly books... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
At Harvard Business Publishing we’re investigating ways to best enable our customers to use our business content in online environments. To that end we spend a good deal of time info-sharing with eductators and program designers to hear about their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
Experiential learning and simulation guru Clark Aldrich has a great new piece called "Why Educational Simulations? Designs to Develop Competence Plus Conviction" in the UK magazine Inside Learning Technologies & Skills. It's a great short piece that distills his theories... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I was privileged to be invited to a “Future of Business Education” conference hosted by the Acton MBA program in Austin, Texas, this past Fall. Jeff Sandefer, founder of the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship and an entrepreneur, educational innovator, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at eLearning Design & Delivery
The Pew Research Center issued a report entitled The Digital Revolution and Higher Education (report available online and in PDF format here), with the tagline "College Presidents, Public Differ on Value of Online Learning". The Center is a non-partisan 'fact... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at eLearning Design & Delivery
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For years, Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) has offered online courses on a number of management topics such as Finance, Financial Accounting, Quantitative Methods, Spreadsheet Modeling, etc, for sale to academic customers. This eProduct line has been very successful and has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at eLearning Design & Delivery
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As an academic content provider, Harvard Business Publishing's Higher Education group distributes business content to educators who then post that material on learning platforms. But often times our content and other publishers' content is distributed by 3rd party content aggregators... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at eLearning Design & Delivery
At Harvard Business Publishing, part of our job is to support the use of case-method teaching (and other aspects of participant-centered learning) to the faculty and students who use our materials. To that end a discussion has started on our... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at eLearning Design & Delivery
For those not familiar with the Open Education movement or Open Education Repositories (OER), please see my earlier post on Open Education. This entry applies Clay Christensen's theory of "jobs to do" marketing and explores some challenges and opportunities for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at eLearning Design & Delivery
I'm currently enrolled in a hybrid classroom/online course called Open Education Practice and Potential in Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education. The course is taught by Vijay Kumar, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at eLearning Design & Delivery