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Teaching with Wikipedia: Experiences, Lessons and Best Practices

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Webinar, West Virginia University Libraries, April 2015. Slides are my addition to a presentation by the Wiki Education Foundation.

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Teaching with Wikipedia: Experiences, Lessons and Best Practices

  1. 1. Teaching with Wikipedia Experiences, Lessons & Best Practices Webinar, West Virginia University Libraries, April 2015 Adeline Koh Stockton University @adelinekoh
  2. 2. Classes I’ve Taught with Wikipedia Introduction to Digital Writing (Spring 2014) Lower-level General Studies writing course Seminar in Feminist Theory (Fall 2014) Capstone in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies @adelinekoh
  3. 3. Class Wikipedia Projects Introduction to Digital Writing Add 500 words to a Wikipedia entry/start a new entry of student’s choice Seminar in Feminist Theory Add 500 words to a Wikipedia entry on Feminist Theory/start a new entry of student’s choice @adelinekoh
  4. 4. “It’s empowering and scary.” Student Reactions to Editing Wikipedia “I thought I was never supposed to use Wikipedia.” “Wikipedia has a vetting process?” “It’s amazing to have an effect on the public” @adelinekoh
  5. 5. Lessons I Learned @adelinekoh
  6. 6. 1. You Can’t Begin Introducing Wikipedia Too Early @adelinekoh
  7. 7. Important Scaffolding learning about Wikipedia editing throughout the semester Wiki editing takes place in markup—may be unfamiliar to students Have students pair up/group for practice rounds Look at other sample syllabi as model: http://tinyurl.com/WVUwikipedia @adelinekoh
  8. 8. 2. Learn How to Edit Wikipedia Yourself @adelinekoh
  9. 9. Instructors Take some time to edit Wikipedia yourself, take the tutorials: http://tinyurl.com/WVUwikipedia Wiki markup takes a little practice to learn, as well as page structures etc. @adelinekoh
  10. 10. 3. Work with the Wiki Education Foundation @adelinekoh
  11. 11. Work with Wiki Ed Get in touch with the Wiki Education Foundation for help Use the Wiki Education Foundation assignment tool: http://wizard.wikiedu.org/ Design a Course Page on Wikipedia (Example: https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Education_Program:Northeastern_University/ Online_Communities_(2015-1-Spring) ) @adelinekoh
  12. 12. 4. Use the Wikimedia Instructor Handout Repository @adelinekoh
  13. 13. Handouts Galore http://tinyurl.com/wikipediahandouts or google “Wikipedia Education handouts” Includes everything you need: Cheat sheets on Wiki markup, citing sources, references, choosing articles to edit, how to use a talk page, what to do for instructors before semester starts, and many more @adelinekoh
  14. 14. 5. How to Deal with Trolls @adelinekoh
  15. 15. How to Deal with Trolls Encourage students to edit pages which are still stubs, or articles which are non-controversial Teach them how to recognized “featured articles” Give them examples of “edit wars” Edits should be peer reviewed by other students in the class, but don’t need to be “sticky” to count for credit Teach disengagement @adelinekoh
  16. 16. For More Resources I wrote a blog post: http://tinyurl.com/WVUwikipedia @adelinekoh

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