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Can Students Write their own Textbook?. Dr. Jennifer Kidd. Students writing their own text????. What intrigues you about this idea? What horrifies you?. Potential Benefits of a student-authored text. Students save $ More motivated to read (maybe?) Student Empowerment

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students writing their own text
Students writing their own text????
  • What intrigues you about this idea?
  • What horrifies you?
potential benefits of a student authored text
Potential Benefits of a student-authored text
  • Students save $
  • More motivated to read (maybe?)
  • Student Empowerment
    • Students decide what’s important (who normally does?)
    • Students evaluate their own course materials (who normally does?)
    • Students see themselves as authors, experts, contributors to professional conversations on educational topics
potential benefits of a student authored text1
Potential Benefits of a student-authored text
  • Communication and Evaluation Skills
    • Students write for an authentic audience, learn to present information
    • Students provide and receive constructive feedback
    • Students are responsible to their peers (task has purpose beyond course assignment)
potential benefits of a student authored text2
Potential Benefits of a student-authored text
  • Technological Prowess
    • Students learn new skills for 21st century literacy
    • Pre-service teachers pass skills on to future students
potential concerns of a student authored text product and process
Potential Concerns of a student-authored text (product and process)
  • Inaccurate,
  • Incomplete,
  • Grammatically nightmarish,
  • Inappropriate Content
  • More work for you and students
  • Technical & Logistical
  • Challenges
my students textbook http www wittieproject org wiki in our schools spring 2010
My Students’ Textbook http://www.wittieproject.org/wiki/In_Our_Schools/Spring_2010
  • 4th year writing own textbook
  • Each semester there’s a new edition
  • Best articles carry over to compete for a position in the official text
  • 200 pre-service teachers write it each semester
  • Foundations of education course
  • Students select a topic (10 topics x 6 chapters) and “TEACH” their peers about the topic by writing 1000 word article (with learning targets, references, multiple-choice questions, sidebars, etc)
  • Extensive peer review and peer evaluation process (Should students grade the book or the instructor?)
results reactions
Results & Reactions
  • Students learn content from the text they write as well as they learn it from a traditional textbook
  • Students like researching and writing their article but stress about posting their work for all to see
  • Students like the interactive parts of the text and reading other students’ perspectives but still don’t much like reading textbooks
  • Students hate wiki code
  • Students feel proud of their work
  • Student need lots of hand holding at the beginning but feel more technologically confident at the end
if you d like to have a closer look or even try it out
If you’d like to have a closer look… or even try it out:
  • http://www.wittieproject.org
  • Jennifer Kidd
  • Lecturer, Department of Teaching & Learning
  • Office location: Ed 166-7
  • Office phone: 683-3248
  • jkidd@odu.edu