Christian Long

Richard Baraniuk: Open Source Learning

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Reflection by DAVID K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Richard Baraniuk:  Open Source Learning

Every student interprets things differently while studying textbooks. All of the textbooks I have ever read were written by a small group of authors and editors. This concept of having a textbook that can edited by thousands of different educators could enable a way for all children to be able to analyze and learn out of the same book without any problem.

I like how Richard Baranluk explained how an (online) “vibrant community” can be able to create, rip, mix, and burn an open source textbook he put it in terms of editing music. It made this concept easier to understand by how you can edit a source for learning.

It sounds similar to Google Docs and Wikipedia. But the thing about both of those without the a reliable source editing it some of the information may not be accurate. But as long as an reliable educator is contributing to the source this would be a non-issue.

My whole life I have found that analyzing math textbooks was one of the hardest things for me to do academically. I suffer from many learning differences and there isn’t much you can do when your $100 textbook doesn’t provide the help that special help I needed. Open source textbooks could be able to give teachers lesson plans for students that learn in different ways.

Richard Baranluk also that the price of the open source books were much cheaper. Buying these textbooks instead of the traditional versions would make it easier for public education to get new textbooks and could free up more resources for the school to use to improve other facilities.

If this project is overseen by specialists like Baranluk, students of all different learning styles could have a more reliable source to learn from. With the possibles of hundreds different experts, this could become the way of the future.

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