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    • Wikipedia in theCollege ClassroomPete Forsyth, Wiki Strategieshttp://wikistrategies.net
    • Wikipedia in theCollege Classroom http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ole_Miss_talk_2012
    • ObservationsTen years ago, students were told not to citeWikipedia.
    • ObservationsTen years ago, students were told not to citeWikipedia.Today, Wikipedia is everywhere, and twoquestions rise to the surface:
    • ObservationsTen years ago, students were told not to citeWikipedia.Today, Wikipedia is everywhere, and twoquestions rise to the surface:Does access to vast amounts of factualinformation, in itself, make us smarter?
    • ObservationsTen years ago, students were told not to citeWikipedia.Today, Wikipedia is everywhere, and twoquestions rise to the surface:Does access to vast amounts of factualinformation, in itself, make us smarter?Do we even know what to do with this flood ofinformation?
    • OverviewPart 1: Is Wikipedia important?Does it help us understand broad changesin society?
    • OverviewPart 1: Is Wikipedia important?Does it help us understand broad changesin society?Part 2: Is Wikipedia useful to an educator?Does it offer unique and beneficial teaching andlearning opportunities?
    • OverviewPart 1: Is Wikipedia important?Does it help us understand broad changesin society?(YES!)Part 2: Is Wikipedia useful to an educator?Does it offer unique and beneficial teaching andlearning opportunities?(YES!)
    • What is the purposeof the academy?
    • Broad principles of ethicsIn the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle presented a dilemma. Should the virtuous citizen lead:A life of quiet contemplationA life of political activism ?
    • A practical reality:Many people do not have the luxury to choose. They want to engage; and with barriers to engagement falling…
    • A practical reality:Many people do not have the luxury to choose. They want to engage; and with barriers to engagement falling……they are not waiting for an invitation. See Eric Raymond, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, 1997
    • Implications for diverseinstitutionsThe Museum, a Temple or the Forum —Duncan F. Cameron, 1971“…Wikipedia as a platform for museums to encourage accessibility and community dialogue” —Lori Byrd Phillips Wikipedian in Residence, Indianapolis Children’s Museum U.S. Cultural Partnerships Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation Museum Studies graduate student
    • A practical reality:Why can’t we have high quality information about Michael Jackson, the Ole Miss football program, and a local art museum in the same place as articles about Afghanistan and zebras?Answer: we can, if we’re willing to build it ourselves.
    • Free licensesDisruption or course-correction?A legal construct expressing:
    • Free licensesDisruption or course-correction?A legal construct expressing: “I am here to share.”
    • Part 1: Somethingimportant is happening……in the way society processes, deliberates,and records knowledge.
    • New methods of knowledgeproductionHow is a Wikipedia article constructed?Discussion pagesRevision historyWarning bannersWikiProjects
    • New methods of knowledgeproductionuse of Wikipedia…to help undergraduatehistory majors learn how to think and reasonlike historians. Prof. Michael Bess, Vanderbilt http://bit.ly/WP-history
    • Innovations to support thismodelWhat is surprising in the Wikipedia ecosystem?Fund-raising model($20 million raised, from 1 million donors.)
    • Innovations to support thismodelWhat is surprising in the Wikipedia ecosystem?Fund-raising model($20 million raised, from 1 million donors.)Strategic planning process(one year. 1000 volunteers. A clear direction.)
    • The public becomesinvested“A new and profoundly different political forcehas emerged in the last few months, aconstituency that identifies itself not by localinterests but as citizens of the Internet.“Understanding who they are and what theywant is essential…” —Larry Downes, Forbes http://onforb.es/downesSOPA
    • Part 1: Somethingimportant is happening……in the way society processes, deliberates,and records knowledge.Your students want to understand;they want to be involved.
    • Disrupting culturalinstitutionsBritish MuseumIndianapolis Children’s MuseumU.S. National ArchivesQRpediahttp://glamwiki.org
    • Part 1: Somethingimportant is happening……in the way society processes, deliberates,and records knowledge.Your students want to understand;they want to be involved.Academia has an important role to play;but it must choose to participate.
    • There are more and lesseffective ways to engage.Michel Aaijhttp://bit.ly/WPtenureTim Messer Krusehttp://bit.ly/UndueWeight
    • The vision is aspirational,more than it is practical.“Imagine a world inwhich everyone hasaccess to the sum ofhuman knowledge.”
    • Part 2. Serving studentstoday & tomorrow“Soon the acquisition of higher knowledge will no longer be the preserve of universities: what then? …“What has happened to Encyclopaedia Britannica is a dress rehearsal for what will happen to universities unless they radically and speedily redefine their methods and purpose.” —Jim Barber, University of New England http://bit.ly/StandLastLegs
    • Part 2. Serving studentstoday & tomorrowIndividual professors experimentingWikipedia Public Policy InitiativeWikimedia Global Education ProgramAVO project, FinlandOpen Educational Resources
    • ResourcesWikipedia Educators email listDr. Robert Cummings, Center for Writing &RhetoricTeaching & Learning CenterRegional Ambassador Tony Ard:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Tony_ardPete Forsyth, Wiki Strategies consulting:http://wikistrategies.net