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Beyond Academia: Teaching Life Skills with WikipediaEld presentation jun2016

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Presentation at Emerging Learning Design conference, Montclair, NJ, June 3, 2016

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Beyond Academia: Teaching Life Skills with WikipediaEld presentation jun2016

  1. 1. BEYOND ACADEMIA Teaching Life Skills with Wikipedia Emerging Learning Design June 3, 2016 Chanitra Bishop Iris Finkel
  2. 2. I got my information on Wikipedia
  3. 3. I did my research on Wikipedia What do you tell the student(s)?
  4. 4. Activity  You have two articles on the same topic  Read them and compare/contrast the two articles  Questions:  Do the articles have the same info?  What’s the same? What’s different about the two?  Is one better than the other?
  5. 5. Why Wikipedia in Education?  Accessible, everyone uses it, not just students  Started in January 2001  7th most popular website on the Internet English Wikipedia Stats http://rcmap.hatnote.com/#en
  6. 6. Why Wikipedia in Education?  Accessible, everyone uses it, not just students  Top source on mobile devices Knight Foundation
  7. 7. Why Wikipedia in Education?  Accessible, everyone uses it, not just students  Top source of medical info  Used by journalist & scholars Knight Foundation The Oxford Textbook of Zoonoses Vs. Ebola Virus chapter 31, “Marburg and Ebola viruses,” written by Graham Lloyd, works at the British government-research facility Porton Down Pinsker, Joe. “The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia--For Pay.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company. 11 August, 2015. Web
  8. 8. Why Wikipedia in Education? Provide opportunities for teaching literacies:  Digital – learning technology skills  Information – critical thinking, research, evaluating information,  Visual/Media – images, copyright We can all be producers of information, not just consumers video - open access image - open access
  9. 9. Wikipedia Editing Assignments Tips for editing assignments  Learn more about Wikipedia - https://wikiedu.org/for-instructors/  Determine your learning objectives  OK to start small  Copy-editing  Entire class edits an article  Creating new articles vs. adding to an article  Connect with the Wiki Education Foundation  https://wikiedu.org/for-instructors/  dashboard.wikiedu.org
  10. 10. Other Assignments  Getting Background info from Wikipedia  Compare Wikipedia article to another source  Evaluating Wikipedia Articles  What references are used?  Adding Images  Tracking the evolution of an article
  11. 11. Wikipedia in the Classroom
  12. 12. What students have to say “...Discovering an article that was important but missing certain relevant information, or perhaps had not covered all aspects of the topic equally or fairly -- was very challenging and I have not often had to look for this type of thing. I very much enjoyed researching Academic writing about the topic and finding information to fill-in some of the holes in the article. Overall, It produced in me a greater desire to edit Wikipedia articles in the future to help counter misinformation incomplete representation of the truth of certain topics.” “...The assignment itself was challenging in that it forced me to stretch the limits of my researching skills and to be more discerning in regards to my chosen sources. Overall my experience with Wikipedia has given me a new respect for the site and the editors who lend their expertise to add to its base of knowledge. If ever in the future I decide to join their ranks, I know I’ll be sure I have something worthwhile to add.”
  13. 13. Five Pillars  Wikipedia is an encyclopedia  Wikipedia has a neutral point of view  Wikipedia is free content  Wikipedians should interact in a respectful and civil manner  Wikipedia does not have firm rules other than these five general principles
  14. 14. Who is the Wikipedia Community?
  15. 15. Wikipedia: Behind the Scenes
  16. 16. Bibliography  Altman, Thomas, Rosen, Daniel, Nadarajah, Siva, et. al. Engaging Patients Through Social Media. New Jersey: IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, 2014. Web.  Lynch, Jack. You Could Look it Up: The reference shelf from Babylon to Wikipedia. NewYork: Bloomsbury Press, 2016. Print.  Pinsker, Joe. “The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia--For Pay.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company. 11 August, 2015. Web.  Thonemann, Peter. “The All-Conquering Wikipedia” The Times Literary Supplement. 16, May 2016. Web
  17. 17. Additional Sources  Dougherty, Jack, O’Donnell, Tennyson.Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan Press. 2015. Web.  Nawrotzki , Kristen, Dougherty. Writing History in the Digital Age. University of Michigan Press. 2013. Web.  Wiki Education Foundation -wikiedu.org & dashboard.wikiedu.org
  18. 18. Thank you!

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