Reconsidering the Textbook > Who Attended > Marcia Kuszmaul

Marcia Kuszmaul


Group Manager

Software Development

Education Products Group

Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98103

Phone:
425-706-3455

FAX:
425-936-7329



What are, to you, the key issues in creating learning resources that support your teaching style and your student's learning styles?

Time and tools are two key issues. Do educators have the time to create and customize learning resources for individualized learning? Do educators and publishers have the tools that enable them to easily create learning resources that can be adapted to individual learning styles?

What is your vision for the "textbook" of the future and what impediments do you see to realizing that vision?

The "textbook" of the future will be an "experiencebook" -- based less on the delivery of "text" and more on the enablement of a learning experience. The "textbook" will be a container for tools and resources than can be customized. As students use, interact with and annotate the "textbook", it will change and adapt to their individual learning needs and become a personal text. Students will be able to use the "textbook" on multiple devices -- from X-Box to laptops to cell phones.

Among the impediments to this vision are the need for new business models in the textbook publishing industry to enable these types of scenarios, appropriate digital rights management to safeguard IP, rights & permissions issues.

Describe briefly any research you have undertaken on teaching or learning.

Over the past several years, Microsoft has been investigating the teaching and learning process, but within Microsoft Research and in our Education Products Group. For example, we've studied the "jobs" that are important to students and teachers and how satisfied they are with their ability to accomplish those jobs now.

Have you created publicly accessible learning resources?

Yes. Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office -- http://www.microsoft.com/learningessentials ( This site may be offline. ) ;
Microsoft Student -- http://www.microsoft.com/student ( This site may be offline. ) ;
Encarta Education -- http://encarta.msn.com ( This site may be offline. ) ;
Microsoft Education -- http://www.microsoft.com/education ( This site may be offline. )

How would you like to contribute to the workshop?

Catalyst for discussion. Listener and learner.

What would you like to take away from the workshop?

Deeper understanding of educators' needs re: content and textbooks. Feedback on the relevance of the directions we are pursuing.


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