A library without books

This is one I found on the BBC's home page, which I visit for perhaps 20 seconds every day hoping a brief glance will provide materials like this that I might be able to use in class.

I spotted the headline The end of the classroom?, which looked as if it might interest my university-age students. The headline took me to an article with in fact a different headline, Online education disrupting traditional academic models and the link to the video above.

The article describes how the engineering department at the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) has "opened the first completely bookless library on a university campus in the US".

What I'm essentially looking for are minimum materials that will provide a maximum amount reaction from the students and a maximum amount of interaction between them.

In a class I'm teaching Tuesday, we'll look at the video first, discuss; then go on to the article; discuss further and continue the discussion after class via an Edmodo group. Any language work we do (and we will), will be reactive rather than obeying an agenda set by me in advance.

I'd argue that it's "materials-light" and, despite using technology, a Dogme approach.

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  1. Another lesson I've got out of the BBC home page involves the learners deciding what it should look like: you can drag and drop content to personalise it as you like.

    Students work in small group to decide how their group wants it, and we then compare results whole class.

    Apart from anything else it's a great way to introduce them to a website that is fantastic for their English.

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