Student-authored Wikibooks: Textbooks of the Future?
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 3, 2008
Karen McFerrin, Roberta Weber, Roger Carlsen & Dee Anna Willis
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Using the Wikibooks platform, the students of the Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education (ECI 301) course at Old Dominion University have written their own textbook. Initial research has produced promising results. Students who developed a textbook article utilized the text more, believed they learned more from the textbook portion of the class, and indicated that they were vastly more engaged in the process. In our current quasi-experimental study, the academic outcomes of two sections of ECI 301: one creating a Wikibook in place of a regular textbook and one using a traditional Foundations of Education textbook are being compared. The question is: Can students learn as much from a student-authored Wikibook as they can from a traditional text? If so, is it conceivable that student-authored texts could be the "textbooks of the future"?
Kidd, J., O'Shea, P., Baker, P., Kaufman, J. & Allen, D. (2008). Student-authored Wikibooks: Textbooks of the Future?. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2644-2647). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved December 6, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/27619.
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