Phil Hill
Publisher, PhilOnEdTech Blog
Partner, MindWires, LLC.

Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) is Publisher of the PhilOnEdTech blog and Partner at MindWires, LLC. As a market analyst, Phil has analyzed the growth of technology-enabled change for educational institutions, uncovering and describing the major trends and implications for the broader market. His unique graphics and visual presentations have been widely used in the industry. As an independent consultant, Phil helps educational institutions, technology and content vendors, and policy makers as they consider and implement new initiatives. Phil’s clients have included Western Governors University, California Community College System, Iowa State University, Bournemouth University, Pearson Education, Coursera, multiple investment firms, and others.

Previously Phil was an independent consultant through HBO Systems and Delta Initiative. In addition to e-Literate, Phil has also written for EDUCAUSE Review, Inside Higher Ed, and the Washington Post. He has also been interviewed and quoted at National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, Buzzfeed Education, and Washington Business Journal.


Thursday, February 6
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM

How Did Digital Education Become a Thing? Gradually, then Suddenly.

The first e-book was shared over the Internet (or its predecessor ARPAnet) five decades ago, and web-based online learning started approximately 25 years ago. There has been a continuum of changes taking advantage of digital platforms and content, including long-term developments by textbook publishers themselves. In one view, the change towards digital course materials is nothing new and is an extension of the past. A complementary view, however, is that digital education, in general, is entering its next generation, and we are in the midst of an inflection point in higher education - a period of transformative change. Entire business models for the multi-billion dollar publishing and course materials industry are being up-ended, with changes or threats to distribution channels, the offering of inclusive access models, and even changes in how students pay for content. The changes over the past three years are significant and chaotic. This talk will explore the broad trends driven by digital learning and substantial changes in the course materials market.