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“Looking under the bonnet” of Wikipedia's open publication process is a chance to promote an informed, appropriately critical understanding of the free encyclopaedia that learners are already using ubiquitously. Discussing and challenging Wikipedia policies could support the teaching of general information literacy at any level. When learners improve or review Wikipedia articles, this involves them in defining established knowledge in their subjects.

To date, more than 500 course leaders in universities have set assignments in which students improve Wikipedia articles for course credit. In some areas such as psychology, management or politics, a large proportion of Wikipedia’s quality content has been produced by learners. In turn, the learners get to experience publication and review, where they are expected to read, analyse, write, and reference to a high standard.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, a great majority of students surveyed say they prefer Wikipedia assignments to traditional assignments, and find writing for a global audience motivating. On the negative side, writing for the public can be daunting, Wikipedia’s encyclopaedic style can be hard to adjust to, and Wikipedian feedback can be blunt. So a Wikipedia assignment cannot be wandered into. It needs advance planning and careful monitoring.

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Wikipedia: a platform for learners as producers #W03 - Dr Martin Poulter - Jisc Digital Festival 2014

  1. 1. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Wikipedia: a platform for learners as producers #W03 Dr Martin Poulter JiscWikimedia Ambassdor 2013/14 @mlpoulter I don’t like . I like . I’m a Wikipedian.
  2. 2. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. What isWikimedia? “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment.” 2
  3. 3. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Some numbers 80,000 two billion 285 25,000 3 500 million 20 million 11 5 million
  4. 4. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Assessment levels Class Criteria FA The article has attained featured article status. Detailed community review process. GA The article has attained good article status. Specific review process B The article is mostly complete and without major issues, but requires some further work to reach good article standards. C The article is substantial, but is still missing important content or contains a lot of irrelevant material. The article should have references to reliable sources, but may still have significant issues or require substantial cleanup. Start The article has a usable amount of good content but is weak in many areas. Quality of the prose may be distinctly unencyclopedic; but the article should satisfy fundamental content policies such as notability, and provide sources to establish verifiability. Stub The article is either a very short article or a rough collection of information that will need much work to become a meaningful article. It is usually very short, but if the material is irrelevant or incomprehensible, an article of any length falls into this category.
  5. 5. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Some article hit rates Article Monthly hits Asperger Syndrome 426,803 Henry VIII of England 438,855 Volcano 160,940 Habeas Corpus 123,500 John Locke 179,382 Lymphoma 226,934 World War I 516,579 Dependent and independent variables 220,831 5
  6. 6. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Is and Is Not 6
  7. 7. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Wikipedia Educational Assignments 7
  8. 8. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Student experience • 72% of students (from a US survey reported by the Wikimedia Foundation) preferred a Wikipedia assignment to a conventional assignment. 8
  9. 9. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Wikipedia Educational Assignments • Course leader chooses a range of relevant Wikipedia articles • Students andT.A.s get Wikipedia training • Students prepare and review drafts • Students interact with otherWikipedians • Lecturer reviews articles before and after the course • Students write reflective paragraphs 9
  10. 10. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. 10
  11. 11. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. 11
  12. 12. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. How does an encyclopedia article differ from a student essay? 12
  13. 13. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Wikipedia Educational Assignments http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education 13
  14. 14. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. ` Slide by Annie Lin of the Wikimedia Foundation, CC-BY-SA http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Annie_Lin_keynote_presentation_at_EduWiki_conference.pdf&page=14 14
  15. 15. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. What might go wrong? 15
  16. 16. I gratefully acknowledge funding from, but do not speak for, Jisc and Wikimedia UK. Thanks martin.poulter@wikimedia.org.uk wiki.wikimedia.org.uk infobomb.org Twitter: @mlpoulter

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