Sunday, August 26, 2007

Technology Enhanced Instruction

Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection

Technology Enhanced Instruction (TEI) wikibook is the "textbook" to help faculty apply the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education to their teaching.

I copied all the pages from the TEI course and placed them in a wikibook. This seemed like the best solution. They are in a public place so they are not tied up is Distance Learning decides to block access to course materials. This is especially problematic between quarters when I finally have time to devote to updating course material without disrupting students.

As a public wiki, the content can be changed, either by TEI course participants (which is great) or by others (which could be good or bad). There is a history kept of all the changes. If anyone makes changes that either deface the content or add information that does not reflect the direction the course is going, it can be removed easily. The potential rewards outweigh the risks.

Please review the Technology Enhanced Instruction wiki book. Let me know what you think of the format and the open access.


  1. I like the wiki format. It looks like the format should work well. If the open access proves to be a problem, you could rethink your approach, however, i doubt it will be much of a problem. (I assume you have backup readily available.)


  2. Actually, I'm hoping that the community gets interested and contributes. There are lots of features - history, rollback, discussion, etc. so I'm not too worried.

    Just to let you know how closely the whole wikibooks space is monitored - I was only part way through copying in the 8-10 pages when I got a nice message from one of the moderators welcoming me and pointing out a couple of "tricks" to make my life easier!