Adding cc to a lecture. Or is it a textbook?

I am planning my first class without a textbook, which starts June 6. And I have just gone over my online lectures and finally added my Creative Commons license to them all (I hadn’t done the Western Civ or History of England, though it’s been on my To Do list for two years).

As I added these licenses to each lecture, I began to realize what a huge resource I’ve written (and recorded – they are all audio recorded and downloadable, which makes them hard to change).

Textbooks are also hard to change. People say, “you should write a textbook”. I say, “oh, no, I’ve already written all these lectures…”

All these screens, and so much of it is factual information combined with my interpretation. It’s a secondary source. It’s a textbook. All these lectures. I’ve written textbooks.

When I wrote these “lectures”, the audio feature was very trendy. Now a “lecture” means something different: a video on YouTube with a talking head, a screencast, or a Slideshare Slidecast (I’ve got lots of these too, from my on-site Western Civ).

This summer, I am getting rid of the textbook, so they can focus on my lectures for the information, then work on primary sources and constructing theses. So, I’ve already begun to turn the lectures into the textbook, just by shifting the weight.

If I go all the way, my lectures for every class could become the new textbook. So I could create new lectures that do what historians do. Not present factual information, but interpret, connect to the trends of today, bring up an issue in detail, or present some new research.

New pedagogy. The kind of stuff that keeps me going.

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