--To challenge the status quo in teaching and learning.
--To make big classes act and feel like seminars.
--To help move courses towards an active learning model, where students construct their own learning.
--To help the faculty teach to their strengths.
--To allow our students to play to their strengths rather then worrying about correcting their weaknesses.
--To move the development of courses to a team approach that combines subject matter, librarian, technical and pedagogical professionals.
--To create learning environments that are appropriate for multiple intelligences and learning styles.
--To funnel inputs directly into the learning and teaching process.
--To provide mechanisms to evaluate and improve learning.
--To increase educational transparency.
--To develop mechanisms to share teaching materials with our communities and the world of life long learners.
--To help make the curriculum and the method of teaching relevant to the lives of our students.
--To move students from consumers to creators of knowledge.
What would you add to this list?
Note: Great response to the idea  of an IHE book club. Thank you. It seems clear that folks may be interested in participating, that the idea of having the author run the club is a bad idea, that people like short books, and lead time is important. Hopefully we can figure out how to run an experiment in the future. In the meantime, please keep ideas for books coming. You can always comment on a blog, or e-mail directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .