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Let it be (a Wiki): Speaking words of wisdom about Wikipedia assignments in university courses - Isuster & Kingsland

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Let it be (a Wiki): Speaking words of wisdom about Wikipedia assignments in university courses - Isuster & Kingsland

  1. 1. Let it be (a Wiki) Speaking words of wisdom about Wikipedia assignments in university courses
  2. 2. I say hello! Hello, hello! Emily Kingsland Marcela Isuster @marceswisdom@kingslam
  3. 3. Agenda ○ Background ○ Proposal to faculty ○ Application ○ Best practices ○ Challenges and lessons learned
  4. 4. You say you want a revolution Background
  5. 5. Across the universe Past projects
  6. 6. The idea ○ Replace the research paper ○ Wikipedia assignments for Education ○ Write, edit, and/or analyse Wikipedia articles
  7. 7. Types of assignments ○ Create a new article from scratch ○ Substantially edit an existing article ○ Fact-check and proofread an existing article ○ Evaluate an existing article
  8. 8. Benefits to students ○ Critical thinking ○ Media and information literacy ○ Experience in information production ○ External accountability ○ Democratise information ○ A change from the usual research paper
  9. 9. The long and winding road Proposal to faculty
  10. 10. Our pitch ○ Presented at Faculty Council ○ Follow-up emails ○ Met with professors ○ Created sample assignments ○ Created grading rubrics
  11. 11. Benefits to faculty ○ Innovation ○ Exposure ○ Community engagement ○ Publishing opportunities
  12. 12. Come together Application
  13. 13. Targeted Embedded One shot Instruction evolution
  14. 14. One shot instruction
  15. 15. Targeted instruction
  16. 16. Embedded instruction ○ Scalability ○ Embedded model ◦ Scaffolding ○ Article selection
  17. 17. With a little help from my friends The WikiEdu Foundation
  18. 18. Getting better Best practices
  19. 19. Place your screenshot here Plan ahead ○ Account creation ○ Minimum 10 edits ○ Reconnaissance
  20. 20. Place your screenshot here Contact Wikipedia ○ Create event page or course page ○ Gain account creator status ○ Obtain training materials
  21. 21. Place your screenshot here Wikipedia style ○ Tone ○ Reading level
  22. 22. Place your screenshot here Check-ins ○ Students ○ Faculty
  23. 23. Mailman, bring me no more blues Challenges and lessons learned
  24. 24. “ WHAT IS MEATPUPPET?
  25. 25. Lessons learned ○ Dispute resolution ◦ Example: LGBTQ Psychology ○ Conflict of interest ◦ Neutral point of view policy ○ Topic selection ○ Difficult conversations ○ Not everyone’s cup of tea
  26. 26. 4courses 22articles created/improved 77students
  27. 27. And your bird can sing! @kingslam emily.kingsland@mcgill.ca @marceswisdom marcela.isuster@mcgill.ca
  28. 28. Credits Special thanks to: ○ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ○ Dr. Victoria Talwar ○ Dr. Boyd White ○ The WikiEdu Foundation

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