Technology, of course, is now poised to change that all of that, but we need to imagine that change; we need a vision of what this new kind of reading will be like. I was thinking about that as I created my weekly UnTextbook report, gathering up the ratings and the feedback that my students provided about what they read. They provided that feedback via a tool (Google Form) that is completely separate from the reading tool (Blogger), and it was up to me, the Queen of Kludge, to make these two tools work in tandem — awkwardly, but good enough for my purposes. There are some rating and feedback options in Blogger, but they are very primitive and are definitely not good for aggregating the ratings and feedback over time, which is what I need to do.
But here's the thing: ratings and feedback are the easy part, a problem we should be able to solve more or less easily — and as Amazon and Netflix have shown, there are big advantages to gathering ratings and feedback. The real question is this: what will it mean to share reading experiences in the future? That is a question I am so curious about, and I am hoping to meet people here at Connected Courses who are working on social reading experiences and the tools that can support them. That is something I would very much like to learn more about!