Remember how teachers used to stoop over the photocopy machine making copies
of different pages of different English coursebooks to put together a course
for their students.
Remember how, back in the days of Web 1.0, people would complain about
online training consisting of paper books simply being put online.
Well now you can relive the nostalgia of all of that with English360 in the
comfort of your laptop.
Cambridge has taken a lot of their English teaching books and "repurposed"
them for online use. Picture Moodle or Blackboard but being able to click
and drag pages, units or whole books into your course complete with
accompanying media, mp3's, etc. Merge pages and units from Business
Benchmarks with a nursing English coursebook. Whatever you want. As Burger
King says, "Have it your way!" (Some pages are poorly scanned, read:
As with Moodle and Blackboard, you can add automatically scored tests,
quizzes, and student tracking ability.
Now anybody with the technical skills of a tomato can create a customized
online course that even includes <gasp> playlists.
Frankly I thought those books have been boring students to tears in
classrooms but now with the power of technology students can get bored to
But it does show that the big publishers are not going to take the
challenges of the Internet lying down and are determined to be a part of the
world's move online. I'm sure they will soon enhance and improve 2.0
features as well as support mobile and tablet learning. Soon their authors
and course designers are going to be focusing on the online versions of
their courses and building for the web first instead as an afterthought.
It's a revolution all over again. Are you ready?
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