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Student-authored Wikibooks: Textbooks of the Future? PROCEEDINGS

, Old Dominion University, United States ; , Harvard, United States ; , , , Old Dominion University, United States

AACE Award

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

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"?

Citation

AACE Award 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.

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