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New Textbook Models

David Warlick where textbooks are going guiven the influence of how social media and social networking might help to define digital (next) textbooks. He came up with ths interesting list for discussion at an unconference. Wish I was there!

Next Textbooks are…

Old Textbooks and Next Textbooks

“• Old textbooks are STANDARDS-ALIGNED.
Next textbooks will be synaptically aligned to the learning needs and experiences of their users.
Next textbooks will establish authority as part of the learning practice.
• Old textbooks are SAFE & COMFORTING.
Next textbooks will demand and provoke new learning (and teaching) through surprise.
• Old texbooks are STABLE.
Next textbooks will be fluid, dynamic and ever adapting to learning experiences and shifts in the world, about which we are learning.
• Old textbooks are ERRORLESS (error ignoring).
Next textbooks will admit errors and will socially self-correct.
• Old textbooks are NARROWLY FOCUSED.
Next textbooks will be broadly focused through logical and interdisciplinary connections and by adapting to the behaviors of their users.
• Old textbooks are UNBIASED (self-proclaimed).
Next textbooks will admit their multi-bias, and will invite and share reader interpretation.
• Old textbooks are PERSONAL/ASOCIAL.
Next textbooks will invite and facilitate conversation and, in appropriate ways, adapt and grow through the conversational behaviors of their users.
• Old textbooks are MANUFACTURED.
Next textbooks will be co-created, cultivated, and grown by learners and master-learners.
Next textbooks are durable by their adapting flexibility.
• Old textbooks are HEAVY.
Next textbooks will weightlessly make themselves available to any learner, anywhere, anytime.
• Old textbooks are VISIBLE.
Next textbooks will glow, grow, and flow, seamlessly reflecting the world through the eyes of a learning community.”


Posted on: July 11, 2011, 7:20 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. “Next textbooks will demand and provoke new learning (and teaching) through surprise.”
    I am so old school. I thought that was the prof’s job.=-)

  2. admin said

    Carolyn: In my old school view I always thought it was a joint effort, unless we’re so old school that professors wrote all their own textbooks.

  3. jim camp said

    How does the next textbook prevent the manipulation to specific agendas, buy those that influlence the content? As an analogy I offer water in a bottle (old textbook santized and approved) to water in a stream (Next textbook, free flowing and ever changing) If so I offer an old Texas saying… “Don’t drink downstream from the herd”.

  4. Jim:
    I don’t know if a textbook can do that. I think that’s the teacher’s job to help the student develop critical thinking and credulity skills.

  5. Stephen: Given the price of higher education, I retain my view of the textbook as support. I perceive value added service to be the realm of the educating team.

    It’s Rate My Professor not Rate My Textbook right? …although that might be a good add-on.