Editing Wikipedia instead of writing a paper Greta Munger, Davidson College“to change the way people think”               ...
Civic engagement   …to assist students in developing humane    instincts and disciplined and creative minds for    lives ...
Developing the assignment   Defining an entry     Initial   definition       Imagine     this is all they read, what to...
Wikipedia assignment   Traditional literature review     Students  work individually     1500-2000 words     4-6 peer ...
Wikipedia Day 1   Registering, linking, and markup       User page details…           Register at Wikipedia           ...
Wikipedia Day 2   Finding sources and adding references     Citation   wizard, DOI search
Markup   What you see in textbox       Mental rotation is the ability to manipulate mental representations of two-      ...
Wikipedia Day 3   Articles & partners assigned     Article            structure described     Develop tentative list of...
A quick visual
Writing concisely   Typical student sentence         “In a study done by Brown and Munger (2010), they          manipula...
Content & focus, not just length
Results   200-level course                               400-level course       29 undergraduates, 220+ refs           ...
Summary   Student reflections       Sense of purpose                                      Undergraduates can accomplish ...
Assignment timeline & structure(1/2)   For sophomore lecture course           34% of final course grade       Read 5 pi...
Assignment timeline & structure(2/2)   For sophomore lecture course       Sources on sandbox draft/talk page (6%)       ...
Accelerated assignmentstructure   For senior majors       25%   of final course grade     User   accounts & topics (4%)...
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  1. 1. Editing Wikipedia instead of writing a paper Greta Munger, Davidson College“to change the way people think” –Denis Diderot (1750) Encyclopediaor a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts
  2. 2. Civic engagement …to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service…  Davidson College Mission Statement
  3. 3. Developing the assignment Defining an entry  Initial definition  Imagine this is all they read, what to know?  Methods  How do we define and measure this?  Specific results  This is the bulk of the article.  Theory  To the extent that there is some consensus.
  4. 4. Wikipedia assignment Traditional literature review  Students work individually  1500-2000 words  4-6 peer reviewed sources Wikipedia project  Students in pairs  No specific word count  Add 15 peer-reviewed sources
  5. 5. Wikipedia Day 1 Registering, linking, and markup  User page details…  Register at Wikipedia  Link to Davidson College (external)  Link to course page  APS template  Infobox user template (make it pretty!)  Talk to a fellow classmate on their User page  Say “hi” to Online Ambassador  “Meet & greet” section of his talk page  Places to register…  Register at APS  Add your name to the list of students on our course page
  6. 6. Wikipedia Day 2 Finding sources and adding references  Citation wizard, DOI search
  7. 7. Markup What you see in textbox  Mental rotation is the ability to manipulate mental representations of two- dimensional and three-dimensional objects about various axes of rotation, with larger orientation differences require more processing time<ref>{{cite journal|last=Shepard|first=R. N.|coauthors=Metzler, J.|title=Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects|journal=Science|date=1971|volume=171|issue=3972|pages=701– 703|doi=10.1126/science.171.3972.701}}</ref> <ref>{{cite book|last=Revlin|first=R|title=Human Cognition Theory and Practice|year=2012|publisher=Worth Pub|isbn=9780716756675|pages=237- 241}}</ref>. {{reflist}} What you see as the preview (and when page is saved)  Mental rotation is the ability to manipulate mental representations of two- dimensional and three-dimensional objects about various axes of rotation, with larger orientation differences require more processing time[1] [2]. 1. ^ Shepard, R. N.; Metzler, J. (1971). "Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects". Science 171 (3972): 701–703. doi:10.1126/science.171.3972.701. 2. ^ Revlin, R. Human Cognition Theory and Practice. Worth Pub. pp. 237-241.
  8. 8. Wikipedia Day 3 Articles & partners assigned  Article structure described  Develop tentative list of sources  Goal: 15 peer reviewed articles by next week
  9. 9. A quick visual
  10. 10. Writing concisely Typical student sentence  “In a study done by Brown and Munger (2010), they manipulated whether the camera was rotating or translating through the scene and found larger representational momentum for rotations.” APA rewrite  “Brown and Munger (2010) found larger representational momentum for camera rotations compared to translations.” Wikipedia rewrite  “More representational momentum occurs for camera rotations compared to translations through a scene.[1]” 1. ^ Brown, Travis A.; Munger, Margaret P. (2010). "Representational momentum, spatial layout, and viewpoint dependency". Visual Cognition 18: 780–800. doi:10.1080/13506280903336535.
  11. 11. Content & focus, not just length
  12. 12. Results 200-level course  400-level course  29 undergraduates, 220+ refs  12 undergraduates, 180+  Childhood amnesia refs  Confabulation  Door-in-the-face technique  Culture in music cognition  Eustress  Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm  Impression formation  Embodied cognition  Insight  Encoding specificity principle  Latent learning  Eyewitness memory  Obedience (human behavior)  Flashbulb memory  Perfectionism (psychology)  Global precedence  Personnel Psychology  Misinformation effect  Posture (psychology)  Music and emotion  Realistic conflict theory  Psychological refractory period  Reminiscence therapy  Reminiscence bump  Self-serving bias  Subliminal stimuli  ~9000 page views per month  ~6000 page views per month
  13. 13. Summary Student reflections  Sense of purpose Undergraduates can accomplish  Audience awareness a lot!  Concise writing 2 classes (N=41), 26 articles  Argument 400+ peer-reviewed sources added  Source awareness Information on method & specific results  Google ≠ PsycINFO  Wikipedia ≠ peer-reviewed journal Discussion  Article structure  Methods?  Theories?  History?  Research vs. Researcher?
  14. 14. Assignment timeline & structure(1/2) For sophomore lecture course  34% of final course grade  Read 5 pillars, brief discussion about anonymity  Week 1  Registering, linking, and markup  1% of Wikipedia assignment  Week 2  Finding sources and adding references  Library instruction on PsycINFO  Practice in sandbox using insert citation (1%)  Choosing a topic & partner  Week 3
  15. 15. Assignment timeline & structure(2/2) For sophomore lecture course  Sources on sandbox draft/talk page (6%)  Week 5  Moving to main space, content evaluated (30%)  Week 9  Peer reviews (2 each) (6%)  Week 10  "Final" article (50%)  Week 13  Reflective essay (6%)  Week 15  Week 14 included Thanksgiving
  16. 16. Accelerated assignmentstructure For senior majors  25% of final course grade  User accounts & topics (4%)  Week 1  Moving to main space, content evaluated (28%)  Week 3  Peer reviews (2 each) (8%)  Week 4  "Final" article (56%) & Reflective essay (4%)  Week 6 (end of senior exams)
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