Another week, another bunch of internet to read. Here’s what caught our attention over the last seven days.
The big publishing news of the week was that Victoria Barnsley was being replaced as CEO of Harper Collins by Charlie Redmayne, CEO of Pottermore. The announcement coincided with the annual Harper Collins Author Party, where an emotional Barnsley apparently urged HC not to make the mistake of trying to turn itself into a software company, reminding the assembled staff and authors that they were about content first and foremost. It’ll be interesting to see what direction Redmayne takes Harper Collins in (including their ELT arm). As one insider said on Twitter upon hearing the news: “S**t just got digital real at HC.”
Cengage Learning Reaches Agreement with Lenders to Restructure Balance Sheet and Strengthen Financial Position
More uncertain news out of the US this week for Cengage, one of the ‘Big Five’ ELT publishers; however, there seems to be no immediate threat to the ELT business. We’ll all be keeping our eyes on this, I imagine.
Great, short overview from ELT author Mike S. Boyle on how publishers work. He’s definitely worth a follow over at @heyboyle.
London-based online learning company Reallyenglish launched a new blog this week, kicking off with this post on learner motivation in online courses, complete with quotation from Dr Seuss. Check them out at @reallyenglish_.
Some interesting thoughts from UK ESOL teacher Sam Shepherd on why flipped learning might actually not work well in language teaching.
Enjoy the weekend, all. The sun’s out in London at least.
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