Welcome to Episode 1 of the “Got a Minute” weekly podcast. This week, EdBooks CEO Rob Reynolds provides a brief overview of the past and future of higher education learning materials.

Here is a series of images that illustrates the evolution of the creation, marketing, distribution, and purchase of learning materials in higher education. First, the old, traditional model.

A diagram of the traditional model of higher education leanring materials.

As the web developed, the picture became more complex.

A diagram depicting the evolving complexity of creating and distributing higher education leanring materials.

New technologies and an economic downturn in 2008-2009 led to even more complexity and the addition of new commerce channels.

A diagram depicting the evoluton of learning materials distribution after the economic downturn in 2008-2009.

Today, the market has grown even more complex with the increase in competitors and new content models.

Image depicting the complexity of today's learning materials product channel for higher education.

Fortunately, this complexity will lead to a much simpler paradigm in the future.

Image showing the high-level model for learning materials flow int he future.

By 2025, students and universities will no longer pay for learning content. Instead, they will choose between learning services and experiences that are available via affordable subscription models.

Image depicting the future types and distributions of learning materials.