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A Quick Idea on Using Wikipedia with Students

From the Reconsidering Authority in Wikipedia World article in The Wired Campus, comment 14 by “JQ Johnson.”

One of my favorite exercises in an advanced undergraduate or early graduate course is to assign the students the task of reviewing wikipedia articles relevant to the topic of the seminar, and correct an error, citing appropriate academic (but layman-accessible) sources. This not only improves the quality of the encyclopedia, but it teaches the students about what in their topic area is controversial or misunderstood in the popular literature. And not incidentally it makes the students feel good about their contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

Link: http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3413/reconsidering-authority-in-wikipedia-world

Wetpaint.com Wikis

A Wetpaint website is built on the power of collaborative thinking. Here, you can create websites that mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks into a rich, user-generated community based around the whatever-it-is that rocks your socks. A social website that’s so easy to use, anyone can participate.

The Wetpaint name comes from our natural sense of curiosity. The urge to touch something when we see a “Wet paint” sign. The urge to leave our mark. This curiosity and the surprising results that occur from collaboration are all part of Wetpaint.

Link: http://www.wetpaint.com

Martha Groom Uses Wikipedia

Just call her Wikipedia wonk: UWB prof in spotlight for guiding students through online editing process
Peter Kelley / University Week

Maybe you’ve read about Martha Groom. An associate professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at UW Bothell, she won some media attention recently for involving her students with Wikipedia, the publicly edited online encyclopedia. Get to know this interesting teacher.

Link: http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=38236

Using Wikipedia to Reenvision the Term Paper
Martha Groom and Andreas Brockhaus

The structure of the traditional term paper can limit its educational value. To make the assignment more meaningful, students published their papers in Wikipedia. This session will examine how publishing for a large online community motivated students to do better work and deal with issues of voice, knowledge, and community.

Link: http://www.educause.edu/node/162770

Faculty Ideas about Technology: Wikis

Faculty Ideas about Technology: Wikis
Kimberly Arnold and David Eisert

Wikis are an increasingly popular trend sweeping through educational institutions around the world. Although they were originally viewed as another technological trend serving as a stopgap, wikis have firmly planted themselves among the most asked about emerging technologies. As Web 2.0 becomes more prevalent in today’s tech savvy culture, instructors in higher education are increasingly turning to wikis to provide collaborative environments for their students.

Link: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~eisertd/FIT/FIT_Wiki_9-07.pdf

Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs!

Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs! Oh, My! What Is a Faculty Member Supposed to Do?
Patricia McGee and Veronica Diaz

Kim ponders: What is a faculty member supposed to do? She concludes that if today’s ninth-graders are using the same technologies that her current students are using, there will be even newer technologies for her to learn about soon. Although that thought is daunting, she would rather actively participate in the decisions being made regarding the institutional selection and support of emerging technologies than scramble to catch up after a new initiative has been implemented. In her last e-mail of the day, she asks her department chair: “What can we do today to ensure that decisions about technologies represent what students and faculty need and what best supports teaching and learning?”

Full PDF: http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERM0751.pdf
Link: http://www.educause.edu/library/erm0751