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Wikipedia:School of Open course - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Writing Wikipedia Articles is a free six-week course offered through the School of Open, running from 6 August through 10 September 2013.

If you can read Wikipedia, you can learn to build it! In this course you will learn about the software, rules, and cultural values that drive and support this ubiquitous and community-built online encyclopedia. We will focus on articles about openness in education: open educational resources, MOOCs, Creative Commons licenses and more. Students will learn about the values and culture that have driven hundreds of thousands of volunteers to build Wikipedia, which in its 12-year history has generated millions of free articles in hundreds of languages. We will cover the technical skills needed to edit articles, as well as share practical insights into the site's collaborative norms and social dynamics. Students will gain confidence in taking on technical challenges and editorial disagreements, graduating with an ability to compose useful articles, and a sophisticated understanding of how Wikipedia works, and how to search and read it.

Students who successfully complete the course and the final project will earn the WikiSOO Burba Badge.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

There is pride of authorship when you edit or create a Wikipedia article that stands up to public scrutiny. Here's a free online course that will take you through the basics. 


Any educator looking for an alterantive to the traditional research paper should give this free class a look.  Good idea! 

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Turnitin - What's Wrong with Wikipedia?

Turnitin - What's Wrong with Wikipedia? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, yet the fact that Wikipedia continues to reign supreme as a top match in Turnitin suggests that students don't see things the same way. In short, what constitutes "research" for students today has come to mean "Googling."

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This page includes an archive to a webcast on this topic.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:32 PM

Gaining access to turnitin's resources is a little clunky but worth it. The webinar is 30 minutes long and worth the time. The related SEER resource is also good.

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Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This.

Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's most common sources of information are news outlets, books, and academic archives. So if your teacher has banned Wikipedia, just follow Wikipedia's trail of sources to get to the good stuff. Oh, and don't tell them we sent you.
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Wikipedia is a solid way to begin a search on many topics IF you follow the backtrail to the sources listed in the article. 

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:12 AM

Hmmm... Worth knowing about. Still can't cite it, but a good place to start for background info.

Sarah Rach-Sovich's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:06 AM

A great starting point - track it back to see where it might have come from.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:43 AM

Teach students and teachers how Wikipedia can be a starting point in the research process, not the final destination. 

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How Wikipedia is redefining research and killing off iconic encylopedias

How Wikipedia is redefining research and killing off iconic encylopedias | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
It took Wikipedia less than a decade to take down its traditional predecessor, the Encyclopædia Britannica, a series that has helped scholars and students for nearly two and a half decades. While most consider this to be a natural transition wit ...

This article includes a graphic about Wikipedia that explores how it has redefined research.


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