New Generation of Textbooks

Recently I wanted to review the “knowledge” I have “learned” at schools. There is a lot of that kind of “knowledge” that was “learned” but never practiced. I am thinking that I need to review my old textbooks and notes. However, I don’t have them with me now. So I think I probably can just look them up online. They might be scattered here and there online. But I think that should be fine for me. I don’t have to learn them all at once. Also I only hope to gain a better overall understanding of what kind of things I have learned in the past. I have no intention to go very deep into any field without any hands-on project to practice with. So learning can be fragmented and layered. Fragmented is ok as long as you can achieve a layered understanding in a period of time.

And I feel the materials and my understanding gained along the process might just be a good collection of learning materials for others. So everyone can review their past “dormant” knowledge from time to time instead of having them locked in deep memory. Also this way can also be used to write new kind of textbook online. Nowadays the textbook has been extremely outdated with latest industry knowledge. For example, in the software field, the knowledge is updated so quickly that it is very hard for traditional textbooks to keep up. We need digitized knowledge and digitized process of knowledge production.

If we are able to digitize the kind of “knowledge model” that everyone is continuously constructing in their minds and testing against others’, the best quality of those models might be used as “textbooks”, and I can see this field in more fluidity and not as divided as it is now. For example, industry professionals can be knowledge producers as well, instead of waiting for those specialized professors to translate knowledge into textbook with very long production cycle.

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