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Abstract Title: Addressing the Shortcomings of a Textbook with a Supplemental Wiki
Abstract: PER has shown the benefit of transitioning teachers from a "sage on the stage" to a "guide on the side".  The e-Book will enable a similar shift in the role of the textbook[1] from authoritative serial repository to a modular, searchable and customizable hub that provides a clear overview of the domain, short summaries of key content, and links to more detailed resources.  Our Wiki will incorporate these features naturally, and allow for student feedback.  Our open-source wiki for introductory mechanics uses ideas from modeling physics to encourage strategic, concept-based problem solving.  This resource can serve as a customizable supplement to any existing course using any mechanics text.  We invite collaborators to help us reinvent the textbook!

[1] P. Bierman, "Initial Workshop Summary", NSF Workshop Reconsidering the Textbook May 24-26, 2006 (National Academy of Sciences, WA).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David E. Pritchard
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Pawl
aepawl -at- mit.edu

Analia Barrantes
analiab -at- mit.edu

Stephen R. Wilk
swilk -at- mit.edu