March 2, 2006
Are Wikibooks Coming to a Law School Near Your?
From Imagine textbooks in a new form (Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 19 2006):
Imagine your textbook in a new way. Imagine a book that grows as knowledge grows. Imagine teachers teaching the same content contributing their collective knowledge as well as their best strategies and resources to keep the book fresh. Imagine scholars outside the education field contributing their research. Imagine textbooks customized to meet the needs of different locations with different standards or, more important, the needs of different learners.
So are legal wikibooks just around the corner? Martin's Introduction to Legal Citation (reviewed here earlier this week) might be considered a legal wikibook in the sense that the author solicits comments etc., but Lexis, Thomson-West and/or Aspen will have to develop wikibook projects before we can say that legal publishing has joined this latest "textbook revolution."
Not a wikibook designed for course adoption, Wex, the freely available legal dictionary and encyclopedia being developed by the Legal Information Institute, has the potential for becoming a wikibook-like study guide. See A Quick Look at Wex. See also the open source but underdeveloped Wikilaw. (Tech Law Prof Blog's review, Spotlight on Wikilaw and Wikilaw Recently Launched)
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