Student-authored Wikibooks: Textbooks of the Future? PROCEEDINGS
Jennifer Kidd, Old Dominion University, United States ; Patrick O'Shea, Harvard, United States ; Peter Baker, Jamie Kaufman, Dwight Allen, Old Dominion University, United States
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
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, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2644-2647). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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