Very interesting “rant” from Seth Godin about Textbooks. He says:
As far as I can tell, assigning a textbook to your college class is academic malpractice.
And his solution:
The solution seems simple to me. Professors should be spending their time devising pages or chapterettes or even entire chapters on topics that matter to them, then publishing them for free online. (it’s part of their job, remember?) When you have a class to teach, assemble 100 of the best pieces, put them in a pdf or on a kindle or a website (or even in a looseleaf notebook) and there, you’re done.
Whether that is true or not, it is born of the same impulse as the Open CourseWare Project.
Hope you have a great week and I’ll see you on the web,