In 2007, I became interested in an emerging trend toward greater acceptance of student-generated content. Enabling students to create their own educational content demonstrably increases engagement, improves learning, and can result in products of lasting value. So in my role as Effective Practices Editor for the Sloan Consortium, I compiled the only known collection of effective practices related to student-generated content in online education and published an article on the topic in an international journal.
However, I found that effective examples of student-generated content in online higher education were hard to find at the time. A few years later, there are many more examples available, and this emerging trend appears to be ready to take off and have a much greater impact. As a result, I plan this year to resume my efforts toward developing and disseminating knowledge on this important topic.
As part of this work, I recently commenced serving as the external evaluator for a National Science Foundation-funded project on the Production and Assessment of Student-Authored Wiki Textbooks. The use of wiki textbooks has grown rapidly in the past couple of years, and I look forward to getting an 'inside look' on watching this exciting project as it develops.