“Working with RNIB has been a great experience, in many ways, enabling Pearson to really advance its organisational objectives in supporting the learner community who have print disability” Nick Gowler, Director of Publishing Services at Pearson
Pearson are a key educational publisher, particularly for our school learners and educators. Pearson have long been a key supporter of sharing resources with print disabled learners on RNIB Bookshare, and were one of the first publishers to work with us. From an early stage in our development Pearson have been committed to helping us, and have tested new processes for us, in making more content quicker and easier to share for educators and other publishers. They supply requested content in record time, from reliable and helpful staff.
Pearson and learning
Whether it's at home, in the classroom, or in the workplace, learning is a never-ending road of discovery, challenge, inspiration, and wonder. At Pearson, we create tools that provide opportunities for learners at every stage of their journey. Because wherever learning flourishes, so do people.
Before RNIB Bookshare
Traditionally & historically, gaining access to education materials was a lengthy & complex process which travelled many vertical/horizontal inter-company departments & governance authorities. The process would start with granting permission to use our IP/content for accessible use by way of issuing a licence to modify the IP, followed by sourcing the files for accessible access/conversion from our archives and ultimately distributed to the learner or educator via many unsecured methods such as email, FTP sites. This process was also repeated for each & every request we received, often for the same content, which resulted in high levels of duplicated internal admin, time & effort.
Partnering with RNIB Bookshare
Since partnering with the RNIB and with a Bookshare contractual agreement, Pearson is now able pre deposit, via automation metadata & e-files from all suitable Higher Education & UK Schools education collections, with permissions granted & accessible licensing in place, without the need for individual educator or learner requests direct to Pearson. This in turn provides a faster, more streamlined service for both publishers and end users with equal and timely access to content for people with print disabilities