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  • Ok, here’s a simple starting statement: Most term papers are terrible, do you agree?At any rate, the ones I was getting were pretty bad. When I attended this conference a couple years ago, two ideas were presented to me that I thought could significantly improve the quality and content of the written work I was receiving:1st: the feedback loops that CxC pushes – you must have already heard a lot about formal and informal feedback to help students improve their approach and products.2nd: have a class make Wikipedia pages. That’s public, there’s a bit more incentive to make a quality product. So my approach has been to replace my due-at-term-end paper with a built-through-the-semester Wikipedia page project.
  • Ok, here’s a simple starting statement: Most term papers are terrible, do you agree?At any rate, the ones I was getting were pretty bad. When I attended this conference a couple years ago, two ideas were presented to me that I thought could significantly improve the quality and content of the written work I was receiving:1st: the feedback loops that CxC pushes – you must have already heard a lot about formal and informal feedback to help students improve their approach and products.2nd: have a class make Wikipedia pages. That’s public, there’s a bit more incentive to make a quality product. So my approach has been to replace my due-at-term-end paper with a built-through-the-semester Wikipedia page project.
  • How are you using Wikipedia as a teaching and learning tool in your C-I course? (consider connections to learning objectives, integration with content, assignment design, student experience, etc .)
  • I was asked to tell you a little about how I work to improve students’ technological communication skills, and the honest answer is, I barely lift a finger. CxC’s Introduction to Wikipedia class – I schedule it with CxC, and I attend, but one of these good folks teaches me and my students about the basics of working with Wikipedia.CxC has us set up to work within the Wikipedia U.S. Education Program, and through those folks, volunteers attach themselves to courses they’re interested in. So for the past two years, this fellow Graeme Bartlett from Australia has been giving my students feedback through the talk pages of their wikipedia pages, helping them to improve them. Finally, there’s a lot of improvement that results from peer interaction, formalized through posts and class sessions. That tends to be the most productive avenue.
  • What advice do you have for faculty considering making their courses C-I? (consider “to-do’s” and “not-to-do’s”)
  • Alex webb wiki presentation - may 2013

    1. 1. Making instead of TakingAdvantages and challenges in guiding students to create Wikipedia pagesAlex Webb, Geology and Geophysics: May 22, 2013 CxC Summer Institute
    2. 2. Most term papers are terrible.
    3. 3. Most term papers are terrible.• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:USEP/Courses/Plate_Tectonics_(Alex_Webb)
    4. 4. Technological communication skills• CxC hosts an Introduction-to-Wikipedia class.• Wikipedia Education Program: Ambassadors.• Feedback Posts and Workshops.
    5. 5. Advice• C-I as a teaching rubric• Wiki-specific:– Sources and Citations (or, How to turn Wikipedia from “the enemy” to an ally)– Design the schedule carefully, and keep to it!• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:USEP/Courses/Plate_Tectonics_(Alex_Webb)
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