http://education-portal.com/ talked a lot about open textbooks, especially those offered by publisher Flat World Knowledge (FWK), whose texts provide free online access as well as low-cost print alternatives. Obviously open texts are great for students (and their wallets), but we wanted to learn about the phenomenon from another side. Thus we spoke with popular FWK author John Gallaugher, whose 'Information Systems' has provided one of the most interesting examples of an open text so far.
Throughout his career, John Gallaugher has embraced new technology. One look at his blog makes this interest clear:
from Wikis to Twitter to podcasts, Gallaugher's expertly capitalized on the technological zeitgeist. In addition to his personal pursuits, he currently holds the title Associate Professor of Information Systems (IS) at Boston College, and the work he's done there has been lauded by entities like BusinessWeek and Entrepreneur Magazine, in no small part because of his cutting-edge, ultra-current approach to education.
That approach led him to become an early adopter of open textbooks through popular publisher Flat World Knowledge (FWK). We spoke with Professor Gallaugher to garner some unique insight into both the creative and educational sides of FWK texts. Sure they can save students money, but it turns out that's far from the only benefit to using FWK books in the classroom.