McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, appointed Sally Shankland as president of its Higher Education group. Shankland most recently served as chief executive officer of UBM Americas, a division of UBM plc, where she led the company's transition from print-based publishing to a digital marketing services business. In her new role, Shankland will report to Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education's group president of U.S. education. She starts her new position on June 29 and will be based at McGraw-Hill Education's New York City headquarters.
Digital textbooks continue to be one of the key frustrations in the public education arena. So far, they're not more widely available than print, they're not more cost effective than their paper counterparts, and they're still a one-size-fits-all tool that teachers are required to use without much prior input into which texts will best meet their students' needs in any given year. In short, digital textbooks have yet to live up to the hype that surrounded them as K12 teachers still don't have the advantages that digital can offer.