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ERIC Number: EJ822636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-28
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Is Higher Education Ready to Switch to Digital Course Materials? Let a Thousand Wikibooks Bloom
O'Shea, Patrick; Baker, Peter; Kidd, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n14 pA29 Nov 2008
For the past two years the authors of this article have produced material by their students as wikibooks that became the principal textbooks in education courses they taught undergraduates at Old Dominion University. They have turned other material by their students into units in wikibooks used in business courses they have taught graduate students at the University of Denver. Many of their students prefer the wikibooks to standard textbooks, find them to be credible sources of information, spend more time learning from them than from standard textbooks, enjoy the challenge of contributing to them, and consider their peers' contributions valuable. The authors view student-written wikibooks as instructor-guided excursions into the new intellectual landscape, where expert knowledge is ever more readily accessible. They hope that writing and using wikibooks will help prepare students to navigate future changes in the global production and distribution of information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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