"Clearly, the issue of whether to use a textbook is complex
, and it is dependent upon course and curricular goals. Students (and colleagues) expect a textbook; yet often, the textbook is not used, except as a reference. Most textbooks are not written with current evidence about best teaching and learning practices in mind, so they may be difficult to integrate into the design and presentation of a course that is based on this evidence. Because many instructors provide detailed online or downloadable notes, it would be a worthwhile exercise to consider whether a textbook is required, or whether other materials could serve its purpose
. In the end, the result may be a more thoughtful approach to what is taught, how it is taught, and how student mastery is assessed."
~ M. W. Klymkowsky