Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors:Embedding Librarians in Courses Using Wikipedia CSI Library Faculty Professional Development Day Mark Aaron Polger January 25, 2012
Agenda• Campus Ambassador?• Final Research Project• Process• Assessment• Conclusion
Wikipedia Campus Ambassador?• Was asked to be a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador for COM 232• Campus ambassadors are volunteers who would work with instructors to incorporate Wikipedia into academic research.• Campus ambassadors teach students how to write articles on Wikipedia.• They support both students and instructors during the course of the semester.
COM 232 on Wikipedia• Course syllabus and all course materials on Wikipedia• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ambassa dors/Courses/History_of_Design_and_Digital_Me dia_(Michael_Mandiberg)• Similar to Blackboard• Students and Ambassadors used talk pages, sandbox to interact with each other
COM 232 Final Research Project• Select a designer on Wikipedia whose article is a “stub” (short, brief, incomplete article)• Conduct academic research to improve the article• Final research paper is an academic-level Wikipedia article with proper grammar, citations, and structured according to traditional research papers.
Process• Registered for a Wikipedia account• Attended Campus Ambassador Training in Manhattan• Over 2 months, I spent 5 hours with Prof. Mandiberg’s COM 232 class – Integrated Library instruction into the class. – Visited class and discussed Wikis, citing references, etc. – Provided hands-on opportunities in the Library Learning Lab and on the main floor of the Library.• Provided email and telephone support.• In November, I met individually with each student for 45 minute consultations.
Assessment• Professor Mandiberg handed out the questionnaires on the last day of class.• 22 students completed a questionnaire• 87% reported that the presence of the librarian made a significant impact on their research experience.• 10% reported that the presence of the librarian made some impact on their research experience.• 3% reported that the presence of the librarian did not make an impact on their research experience
Conclusion• First time embedding in a class• Became more acquainted with the students and instructor• More hands-on time (less rushing)• Wikipedia could be a good starting tool• Reflected on my own views of Wikipedia
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