A Technological Reinvention of the Textbook: A Wikibooks Project

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A Technological Reinvention of the Textbook: A Wikibooks Project is a 2011 journal article written in English by Patrick M. O’Shea, James C. Onderdonk, Douglas Allen, Dwight W. Allen and published in Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.

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Education traditionally has been defined as a one-way relationship between teacher and learner. However, new technologies are dramatically changing that relationship in a multitude of ways. In this article, the authors describe some of these changes and explore one example of the intersection between technology and pedagogy, describing a college course in which students compose the course text using the wiki platform. The process described proceeds from the premise that the needs and capacity of learners in the information age have been transformed and discusses one way that using an appropriate technology may address them. For this wikibook, the creators of the content become the prime users of the content as well. The authors discuss both the philosophical underpinnings and practical implications of this approach. Evaluation of the project suggests that the methodology produces an active, credible learning process. This study explores the advantages and disadvantages of this wiki process to provide context concerning the efficacy and utility of employing particular types of Web 2.0 tools. The course development rationale points to its potential for radically changing how students and teachers interact with the phenomenon of ubiquitous learning.

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  • "New levels of student participatory learning: A wikitext for the introductory course in education" (create it!) [search]
  • "Traditional textbook vs. student-authored wikibook: A quasi-experimental study of student academic outcomes" (create it!) [search]

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