The eTextbook: A Paradigm Shift?

The e-Textbook: A Paradigm Shift for Learning? from Norm Friesen on Vimeo.

Will the e-textbook, with its multimedia potential and flexibility, bring a paradigm shift to education?

In this video presentation, prepared for a keynote in Montreal in March, I try to answer this question by looking specifically at what the inventor of the “paradigm shift” has to say.

In describing paradigms and their shift, Kuhn had a very specific idea about the role of the textbook in the circulation and stabilization of knowledge, and I explore this view here.

Also, because it’s on video, it features a couple of clips –one with the incomparable Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall– talking about (of all things) textbooks!

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