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.”
Dylan to lead demo
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
Meaningful & engaging writing projects
Meaningful & Engaging Writing Projects Empowering students to write for a global audience and publish to Wikipedia