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The surprising reason some college professors are telling students to use Wikipedia for class

The surprising reason some college professors are telling students to use Wikipedia for class | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
It's a whole different way of looking at learning and knowledge.
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Converting Student’s History Essays into Wikipedia Articles

Converting Student’s History Essays into Wikipedia Articles | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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…
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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.
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Wikipedia:WikiProject AP Biology Bapst 2015 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia:WikiProject AP Biology Bapst 2015 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.

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Resources on Integrating Wikipedia Into Your Classroom

Resources on Integrating Wikipedia Into Your Classroom | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
I'm often asked how instructors can get started with integrating Wikipedia into their classrooms. I've provided a list of some helpful resources on getting started below. Tutorials on Getting Start...
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Integrating Wikipedia in Your Courses: Tips and Tricks – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Integrating Wikipedia in Your Courses: Tips and Tricks – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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Howard University Fills in Wikipedia’s Gaps in Black History

Howard University Fills in Wikipedia’s Gaps in Black History | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
Students and faculty at the university, one of the nation’s pre-eminent historically black higher education institutions, set out Thursday to expand entries and create new ones.
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Israel’s Ministry of Education & Wikimedia Israel Agree On New, Unique Initiative — Wikimedia blog

Israel’s Ministry of Education & Wikimedia Israel Agree On New, Unique Initiative — Wikimedia blog | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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Student Wikipedia Contributions in Introductory Composition | ICaP

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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.

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Wikipedia project raises concerns over social media in class - Technology & Science - CBC News

Wikipedia project raises concerns over social media in class - Technology & Science - CBC News | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Advice on Using Wikipedia in Colleges and Universities

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.

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Murder Madness and Mayhem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

—Jim Groom[1]

—Barbara Ganley[2]

—Monica Freudenreich[3]

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Making History, Empowering Students with Wikipedia

Making History, Empowering Students with Wikipedia | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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.
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4 Ways to Use Social Media for Learning -- Campus Technology

4 Ways to Use Social Media for Learning -- Campus Technology | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
These four uses for social media in STEM courses focus on deepening student learning through better communication.
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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.
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Term papers? These science students write Wikipedia pages instead.

Term papers? These science students write Wikipedia pages instead. | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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.
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Improving American Government and Civics References on Wikipedia

Improving American Government and Civics References on Wikipedia | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it

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.

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AGO event aims to give dozens of Canadian women artists Wikipedia pages

AGO event aims to give dozens of Canadian women artists Wikipedia pages | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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…
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APS Wikipedia Initiative - Association for Psychological Science

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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.

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Wikipedia's medical errors and one doctor's fight to correct them

Wikipedia's medical errors and one doctor's fight to correct them | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
Dr. James Heilman says medical students and physicians use Wikipedia entries that may not be completely accurate. So he's part of a global effort to improve the most popular entries.
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America’s future doctors are starting their careers by saving Wikipedia

America’s future doctors are starting their careers by saving Wikipedia | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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...
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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales explains its mission to be mainstream

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales explains its mission to be mainstream | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
Wikipedians plan more outreach for teachers, better tools for developers and simpler editing tools to increase their audience. By Jemima Kiss
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"co-founder Jimmy Wales said Wikipedia was part "of the edutech gold rush" and that students would learn not by reading but by editing the site."

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Was introducing Wikipedia to the classroom an act of madness leading only to mayhem if not murder?

Was introducing Wikipedia to the classroom an act of madness leading only to mayhem if not murder?

Reflections on the use of Wikipedia in the University of British Columbia's course SPAN312, "Murder, Madness, and Mayhem: Latin American Literature in Translation," Spring 2008.

(This essay has now been translated into French as "Introduction de Wikipédia dans les salles de classe : le loup est-il dans la bergerie?".)

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Learning about online communities by becoming members of one — Wikimedia blog

Learning about online communities by becoming members of one — Wikimedia blog | Wikipedia in EDU | Scoop.it
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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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