Friday, August 17, 2007

Wiki Textbooks

Via the Chronicle. Computerworld reports that one Boston College professor has abandoned traditional textbooks in favor of Wikipedia, contrary to many professors who actively work against student citations of the site. According to the article, "[Gerald] Kane noted that because the wiki is collaborative and dynamic -- he and his students can update it as quickly as world events change -- it is a much better classroom tool than a texbook."

I can see the appeal. When teaching such topics like information systems where technology and current events can overtake the arduous process of book publishing, it makes sense. Many a time I longed to be able to do a word search to find a section of a book that I had read but forgot to mark. Thoughts?

Cross-posted at CampusProgress/blog.

1 comment:

james said...

In this era of web 2.0, we easily get nice & updated information for research purposes... I'd definitely appreciate the work of the said blog owner... Thanks!

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