Friday, October 28, 2005


Dave's educational blog proposes a good idea - the feedbook. Instead of a static text book, this one is based on feeds. I think it could work for many subject areas, and as Dave Cormier says:

A feedbook is a living text. Students are getting material that is new. The material may surprise the instructor, but it gives them things to discuss, a real platform upon which to have a natural discussion rather than one forced by a lesson plan made weeks, months or even years earlier. As a final advantage, when the students leave the course, their feedbook goes with them, not a textbook slowly fading into kindling for your fireplace, but one that will stay currentÂ…

This idea challenges even the wikibooks, as even the wikibooks takes a fare bit too much effort and doublehandling for authors to get involved and stay involved. But feedbooks can be set up so easily in a wiki, if you are using a feed enabled wiki such as wikispaces. So now we have it all!! We have the fluidity, currency, and natural feel of feeds, compiled and edited with collaborative potential in a wiki!

I have been thinking for some time that this is what we should do for BlendedLearning and NetworkedLearning. Rather than create (or even manually collate) resources, we should simply set up feeds for each page and let it happen. We could do the tag feed trick, and have people save good links the way they would anyway, but by adding the relevant tag word for the feedbook page, they contribute to the feedbook. And/or we can just add whole site feeds as we come across them.


Nick Noakes said...

feedbook - do you mean what Cory Doctorow is doing with the feed to his new book "Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town".

Anonymous said...

Hi Nick!
dave cormier from edtechtalk here... nope. We'd love to hear about it... the feedbook he's talking about is one that i've been working through on my blog, drop in, and, for that matter we'd love to have you drop back into edtechtalk

Alan said...

Ahh, but we can do more than just aggregate textbook content...

I've always thought the fuss and effort in building monumental eportfolios software could be done leaner and more fluidly by a portfolios being a set of RSS feeds from other content places. An eport might be as simple as an aggregator.

Maybe not.

Leigh Blackall said...

Argh yes! of course Alan. Its amazing just how disruptive RSS can be!