EdBooks Information Science
Innovating learning content design and delivery means working with information both as an integrated whole and as independent, organic pieces. It means creating a curriculum in which topics and key concepts are connected between courses and subjects, and where lessons can be reordered or combined easily across disciplines without sacrificing product integrity, learning design goals, and information scaffolding.
Integrating Learning Design
At EdBooks, we design our information to deliver specific learning experiences or outcomes. We think of content information as being “activated” when it is framed within our lesson learning environments. This means thinking about the best way to present a concept and make it relevant, and to encourage agency, knowledge acquisition, and mastery. Regardless of the particular learning content used – text, media, or interactive assignment – we ensure that all our key concepts provide the proper contextualization, elaboration, and relevance, and they promote learning agency and information mastery. Combining learning design with our information framework also makes it easy for us to work with third-party and open resources, and to map those to EdBooks lessons.
Mapping to Educational Values
The concept taxonomies that serves as the foundation for our products also enable mapping educational values — literacies and competencies — to specific lesson concepts. These values serve a number of purposes. First, they establish a useful bridge between “what” information we are highlighting and “how” that information can be connected to understanding and competency development for personal and professional flourishing. In addition, these educational values provide a connection between information and learning design. Knowing the recommended purpose of a concept with regards to literacies and competencies helps us identify the best learning and collaboration activities to reinforce those values.