The history research paper is often treated as busy work by students and seen with the same contempt as an algebra homework set or lab write-up. While all of these assessments have pedagogical util…
Clint Lalonde's insight:
Moving from a disposable research essay to a Wikipedia essay carries several benefits: Students gain a sense of confidence in their knowledge by contributing to a source that they know and use. Students trade the audience of one instructor for a broad readership (one of the students this semester revised an article on Japan’s military Unit 731 that got more than 70,000 views in just December) Students improve their digital literacy through a better understanding of Wikis a medium. Students learn about source authority, especially the increasingly common semi-anonymous and anonymous web sources which so often fill their bibliographies. Instructors trade a stack of homogenous research papers for a variety of formatted essays. Essays are subject to open-review on the web.
A high school class in Maine - John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine - will contribute images to Wikipedia article and the commons until June 6, 2015. The collective goal is to contribute excellent biology diagrams to the Commons and to corresponding Wikipedia articles.
To this end, I have run a project in my 106 classroom that treats Wikipedia not as a resource, but as the primary text that students supplement and revise. Students thereby do not use Wikipedia in the service of a written essay, but rather utilize external research and their own knowledge to shape an evolving, multimedia text.
A recent dust-up between Wikipedia and Canada's largest university raises questions about how collaborative the popular website that bills itself as the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit truly is.
Clint Lalonde's insight:
Not a great headline for this article, but interesting cautionary note for educators who wish to take part in a Wikipedia project - need to know Wikipedia before you can use it in class.
Advice on Using Wikipedia in Colleges and Universities
The following is advice for educators (primarily professors or university lecturers) on using Wikipedia on a college level-course. I hope it is also of use to those working in educational technology. And it may perhaps be of interest to students who are taking such courses.
This advice is based on my experience with Murder, Madness, and Mayhem, a Wikipedia project that I coordinated in Spring 2008, as part of a course on Latin American literature at the University of British Columbia.
Reading about the masculine skew of Wikipedia really struck a chord with me. My students, I realized, could connect classroom knowledge to real-world action by writing women-centered Wikipedia entries. What I had not realized was the tremendous personal impact this project would have on my students’ sense of self. In addition to discovering for themselves the gendered nature of information, students came to understand — and use — their voices to enact change. This project empowered.
These four uses for social media in STEM courses focus on deepening student learning through better communication.
Clint Lalonde's insight:
The regional planning class he had in mind for the project was studying the coast of Louisiana. So Sharky developed a list of "about 15 or 16 subjects, such as global warming, ground subsidence, salt water intrusion [and] reduction of biodiversity," he recalled. The students could pick whatever topic they wanted, find articles related to it in Wikipedia and then develop a graphic that would explain the concepts or content in that particular article.
A program created three years ago by the independent Wiki Education Foundation enlists students to write articles, supervised by their professors, in lieu of term papers. This year, it's focused on science, and particular the role of women in the field.
The goal of this assignment is for your team to choose an underdeveloped or missing article on Wikipedia, related to American government, civics, and/or economics and improve it to Good Article status during the duration of this quarter.
If a Wikipedia page is the new threshold for notoriety, there are a lot of Canadian female artists who are flying under the radar. Volunteers at the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon are aiming to change that in honour of…
More than 3,300 psychological scientists and their students have joined the APS Wikipedia Initiative (APSWI) by editing and rating article quality and students, under the supervision of their professors, are using Wikipedia entries as course writing assignments.
The goal of APSWI is to make information about psychology on Wikipedia as complete and accurate as possible. APS is calling on you to support the Association’s mission to deploy the power of Wikipedia to represent psychological science as fully as possible and thereby to promote the free teaching of psychology worldwide.
It's a bit frightening that Wikipedia is the number one source of health information on the internet, but don't fret. More and more of that information will be coming straight from doctors. Dr. Amin Azzam, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, is doing his best to get as many...
They discovered barriers of participation and contribution to articles, and that the commonly used phrase “anyone can write anything on Wikipedia” was incorrect – it takes a lot to write a Wikipedia article.
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