Class Project: Free Wiki Textbook
I've decided to conduct a rather risky experiment in my Computers and English course this semester: A semester-long class project whose goal is to create a free wikitext for use as a first-year composition textbook. The course is cross-listed, with about 13 seniors and juniors and 2 (maybe 3) English graduate students with teaching experience at the college and high school level. Some of the students are English majors, but others have mass comm and IT backgrounds. In other words, this is in many ways my ideal mix for a project like this. I started working on the Rhetoric and Composition Wikitext nearly a year ago, but development has been slow. The project is hosted at wikibooks, a project specifically devoted to the purpose of creating and distributing free educational materials. I think this is a valuable service learning project that will help the class reach several of its goals--gain experience with writing technologies, develop good collaboration skills, and learn about writing and writing instruction all at the same time. I think it's going to be a fun project, and so far the class morale is extremely high. Everyone is excited about the project, especially me!
I've been steadily developing my Project Description. I'd really hope that some of my friends and colleagues here would take a look at it and offer some suggestions here. What I'm really trying to do is find ways for everyone to add maximum value to the project, be that in the form of adding or editing text, working on layouts, or even making graphics. I'm also hoping that once development gets underway, I'll be able to ask some of my colleagues to take a look at it and offer some commentary or even a review (or perhaps even join in the effort!)
Any thoughts? Suggestions?