In addition to the freshness of the material, the multiplicity of voice and perspective and the fact that your textbook will never be out of date, one of the first things that would happen is a decentralization of the instructor. While the instructor would usually be responsible for the basic set of links (although I believe Iâ€™m going to be in a class soon where we start with none) gone will be the rabbit out of a hat magic that comes from controlling the flow of knowledge. Students will actually be able to add to that flow of knowledge as their research brings up new sources of course material.
Whatâ€™s it going to look like
Some of the ideas I read and have been discussing areâ€¦
- You could just use an open source aggregator like rssowl on each personâ€™s desktop
- [http://planet.eduforge.org/ eduforge] has a an example very close to what the content of my own feedbook would look like
- So far the solution I like best is a combination of delicious and some program or website. Iâ€™m currently playing with [http://aggrssive.net aggrssive] a great little product from UBC but the install is giving me some problems – i doesnâ€™t come with instructions.
- My ideal would be to plug del.icio.us into elgg. That would be my dreamteam for the feedbookâ€¦
If you wish, post your responses and additions here, or go over to the wiki
Some of the more interesting comments on feedbooksâ€¦
Scott Wilson OPML is fine if its just resources being shared; FOAF:Group with dublin core metadata is a better model when mixing both resource information and participant information
Hanoi ICT I think the feedbook might partly be a solution to my attempt to introduce VLE in the IMIH project. What if Ms Quy and myself set up a blog on the integration of ICT in education that is translated into Vietnamese by Ms Hong (possibly in collaboration with other VVOB project on the integration of ICT in education in HCM).
Gardner Campbell Iâ€™m thinking that college is now the opportunity not only to begin oneâ€™s personal library, but also to build oneâ€™s personal suite of trusted and inspiring experts. That of course is what already happens to some extent, but now it need not be confined to the campus. The campus is where the beloved local professor simply starts the ball rolling.