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  • Wikipedia is a non-profit organization.
  • Wikipedia content is managed by WP staff.
  • WP is related to Wikileaks
  • WP is original research
  • WP ’s golden rule is that every line is cited.
  • You can who edited what content on WP.
  • WP articles have a neutral point of view.
  • WP is a tertiary source.
  • WP translates English articles into other languages.
  • Meaningful: Sharing writing/knowledge publically; visible sense of accomplishment; raises the bar for the student Collaboration: Feedback from WP community; platform for peer/instructor feedback Quality writing skills: Article content, structure, grammar, citations Responsible user: Understands the workings of WP and how to use it responsibly
  • Professors such as Dull are starting to see Wikipedia as an opportunity to educate a massive audience on the specialized topics their students research. Most college papers are read by a handful of people, at most, while a Wiki entry can be read by thousands (or millions) around the world. “ It’s the ability for students to feel that their works matters, that it doesn’t get trapped in the classroom,” said Adel Iskander, a Georgetown instructor who assigned Wiki entries in his graduate-level Arab media course. “We’re kind of challenging the academic establishment, in a way.”
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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ambassadors/Courses/Spring_2011/Orthopedic_Injury_Evaluation_Techniques_II_%28Ray_Castle%29 Sophomore class – did basic writing on med procedures Found early on that little info was on WP about the tests they were learning about Gave students outlines for articles and rubrics Met some resistance from students in terms of wanting to learn WP editing (tech resistance and didn ’t really want to ask for help; may be an anomaly for this particular cohort of students) Students were required to use other resources beyond the textbook, but they were very resistant to that. Again, may have been specific to this anomaly.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Courses/Spring_2011/Habituating_and_Addictive_Drugs_in_Our_Culture_%28Ray_Castle%29 Senior class – did research on one side of the debate, actually did a live debate, and then created balanced, cohesive article Because it was such a building project, didn ’t move to live til late and we didn’t get the feedback from the WP community But students enjoyed experience; positive response
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Courses/Spring_2011/Business_Data_Communications_%28Kari_Walters%29 Students worked in groups of 3 Each group did 3 presentations on technical networking topics (chapters) Individually, each student chose 1 of the topics to write or improve a WP article New articles—required to use at least 4 new sources Current article—must add at least 40 new citations Optional enhancements include Submitting for Did You Know Writing in native (non-English) language Creating images
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ambassadors/Courses/Spring_2011/Regional_Planning_and_Design_%28Bruce_Sharky%29 Bruce Sharky Landscape Architecture – find article related to research and develop images to help explain content Most helpful was feedback. Extremely mindful of referencing future images Helpful criticism from both researchers and from layman audience Students quality of work increased with public audience

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  • 1. Meaningful & Engaging Writing Projects Empowering students to write for a global audience and publish to Wikipedia
  • 2. FACT or FICTION ?
  • 3. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia is one of the top 10 most visited sites in the world.
    FACT
  • 4. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia is a non-profit organization.
    FACT
  • 5. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia ’s content is managed by WP staff.
    FICTION
  • 6. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia is related to WikiLeaks.
    FICTION
  • 7. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia is original research.
    FICTION
  • 8. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia ’s golden rule is that every line should be cited.
    FACT
  • 9. FACT or FICTION?
      • You can see who added what content to Wikipedia.
    FACT
  • 10. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia articles have a neutral point of view.
    FACT
  • 11. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia is a tertiary source.
    FACT
  • 12. FACT or FICTION?
      • Wikipedia translates English articles into other languages.
    FICTION
  • 13. Using WP for Teaching & Learning
    • Meaningful
    • Collaboration
    • Quality writing skills
    • Responsible user
  • 14. “ It’s the ability for students to feel that their works matters, that it doesn’t get trapped in the classroom.” ~ Georgetown Prof. Adel Iskander The Washington Post “Wikipedia Goes to Class”
  • 15. How easy is it to publish to Wikipedia?
  • 16. How are other professors using Wikipedia in their course assignments?
  • 17. KIN 2506: Ortho Eval Techniques
  • 18. KIN 4605: Drugs & Culture
  • 19. ISDS 4120: Business Data Comm
  • 20. BIOL 4015: BIOL Conservation LA 3301: Design Techniques
  • 21. Most inquiry starts at Wikipedia, whether we like it or not. So as students and scholars, we need to improve it. The Chronicle of Higher Education “Wikipedia Comes of Age” by Casper Grathwohl
  • 22. RESOURCES
  • 23. Meaningful & Engaging Writing Projects Empowering students to write for a global audience and publish to Wikipedia