Educon: Unraveling the Textbook

Tim Stahmer, Feb 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tim Stahmer, reflecting on Educon (and linking to a few of the wonderful reflections written by others) jots down a few short notes about textbooks. "A replacement for the textbook should

  • be accessible on any device, anywhere
  • allow users to add comments
  • allow certain users (teachers, trusted students) to add and update materials
  • have a social media component to allow users to discuss the materials
  • have content controlled by educators, not publishers."

The fact that this would completely disrupt the textbook industry should tell us something. Related and relevant: Mike Caulfield, maybe colleges should worry less about moocs and more about textbook companies.

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