Pearson Announces Project Blue Sky: A Cloud-based, Content Service that Breaks Through to Open Educational Resources

Pearson Announces Project Blue Sky: A Cloud-based, Content Service that Breaks
Through to Open Educational Resources

BOSTON, Nov. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Pearson today announced
Project Blue Sky, a cloud-based, content service that provides instructors
with easy access to Open Educational Resources (OER). Pearson is partnering
with Silicon Valley non-profit Gooru, a search engine for learning materials,
and will leverage Gooru's powerful search capabilities to build applications
that seamlessly integrate high-quality learning resources on the web,
including OER, with instructor-created and Pearson content. Faculty will also
have the ability to publish their customized digital course content within
multiple types of learning management systems, including Pearson's OpenClass
and LearningStudio.

With the anticipated beta launch in spring 2013, Project Blue Sky will
directly address barriers to adoption of digital material and Open Educational
Resources. According to a soon-to-be-released report from Babson Survey
Research Group, faculty reported that key challenges to adopting OER include
the lack of a single, comprehensive catalog of content, and concerns about too
much time spent finding and evaluating the material.

"The creation of Project Blue Sky is an extension of Pearson's shift to
developing innovative services that provide rich and engaging teaching and
learning experiences," said Don Kilburn, Vice Chairman of Pearson Higher
Education. "Working closely with an education technology non-profit that is
committed to providing access to high quality content for every student, and
institutional development partners, we are empowering faculty to have control
of the selection of a wide variety of text and rich media assets."

Pearson is collaborating closely with 13 faculty on Project Blue Sky's design
to provide an optimal experience that lets faculty identify the most relevant
and high quality content for their courses. The Project Blue Sky Pilot group
is reviewing the content service and building unique multimedia eTextbooks for
use in their courses.

"As an educator, I am constantly seeking out effective course materials, and I
usually have resources in many places that are easily lost," said Sarah
Strout, Department Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dominican
College. "The potential of the Blue Sky platform is enormous because it will
give me control over the course materials and save me much time spent
frantically searching and vetting OER content on the web. I can pull
information from lots of sources and compile all my materials in one spot."

"Students and faculty are increasingly relying on digital learning resources
and would like to spend more time learning rather than sorting through
millions of videos and websites for a given topic," said Dr. Prasad Ram, CEO
of Gooru. "The integration of content from Pearson and high-quality web
resources from Gooru in a single platform provides immediate access to the
most appropriate learning resources for Pearson users."

Pearson is currently piloting the system with Psychology faculty, and is
actively seeking more development partners in other disciplines. For more
information on how to become a development partner, visit
http://www.pearsonbluesky.com.

To see a demo of Project Blue Sky, visit the Pearson booth #1423 at EDUCAUSE
on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall.

About Pearson

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and
market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer
publishing (NYSE:PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital
education materials, including personalized learning programs such as
MyLab/Mastering, education services including custom publishing, and
content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and the
cloud-based Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform and OpenClass
online learning environment.

About Gooru Learning

Gooru is a free search engine for learning developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education. Teachers
and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia
resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators
in the Gooru community. For more information, visit
http://about.goorulearning.org.

Media Contacts:

Susan Aspey, susan.aspey (at) pearson (dot) com or (800) 745-8489

Xenia Shih, xenia (at) goorulearning (dot) org or (650) 331-0219

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