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Students collaborate to create readable and understandable textbooks
An alternative to the textbooks, including questions and
answers, illustrations and all, which students enter
following hearing the lectures. The books can be reviewed
for copyright infringement before publishing and selling.
There will be votes on each section and a discussion
the textbook. Videos can be linked in as well as
No more incomprehensible chapters, no more waste of
time, copying down the material from lectures. From now
on, students pay former students for their work, so its an
ongoing process of improvement.
A comparison to the relevant wikipedia entries will be
Advertising of online teaching will be encouraged on the
site so it is self sustainable. Teachers can be rated just
like the textbooks themselves, so that this system will be
open and fair.
All "homework" will have solutions with step by step
Students can test themselves with a wikitest on each
textbook, allowing authors to create tests and rate the
tests too. Perhaps for a fee (or perhaps for free) students
can take an "official wikitextbook test" to prove their
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||While I don't think students are the best learning method psychologists, this is intriguing.
||I like a combination of this idea with a version of the "hackerspace" that is extended to a broader subject range. [+]
||The serial use of textbooks by successive classes can lead to wikilike improvements. I am thinking specifically of a history text I had in 8th grade in which Julius Caesar and his horse were explicitly "augmented", with speech balloons added containing their thoughts on this.