Reconsidering the "Textbook"

May 24-26, 2006
National Academy of Sciences, Washington

an invitation-only workshop for NSF DTS and CAREER awardees


Read the initial workshop summary. Download (Acrobat (PDF) 154kB May31 06)
Read the Workshop Report published in EOS.

For more than a century, the printed textbook has shaped the curriculum in most science, math, and technology disciplines. In little more than a decade, the world wide web has given many students 24/7 access to information, interactive exercises, and dynamic simulations. In the face of this new technology, will the reign of the textbook continue or is it time for printed texts to retire, going the way of the abacus and the slide rule?

This workshop will reconsider the textbook by bringing together NSF DTS (Distinguished Teaching Scholars) and CAREER awardees, other leaders in education and technology, and NSF program officers. We will assess the state of the textbook and other learning resources, identify the pertinent questions, produce a white paper to encourage future thinking on this critical topic, and plan for widely disseminating our findings.

Conveners and Planning Team:

This workshop is supported with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education, Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS) Program.


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