Archive for Wikipedia

To Wikipedia or not to Wikipedia

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Do you / should you recognise use of Wikipedia as a source of content for student research projects? For years, the answer was an overwhelming ‘no’ …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog …, 23 March]


Scholars to stop pretending they don’t use Wikipedia; will work out best practices instead

Posted in research, teaching with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Some students and profs London’s Imperial College have decided to stop using scary anecdotes to frighten students away from Wikipedia …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 21 March]

As Wikipedia Turns 10, It Focuses on Ways to Improve Student Learning

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“As Wikipedia hits its 10th year of operation, it is making efforts to involve academics more closely in its process. The latest is a new plan to build an ‘open educational resource platform’ that will gather tools about teaching with Wikipedia in the classroom …” (more)

[Tushar Rae, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 January]

Wikipedia for Credit

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 September 2010 by Steve

“Some professors believe Wikipedia has no place in the footnotes of a college paper. But could it have a place on the syllabus? The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that does fund-raising and back-end support for the popular open-source encyclopedia, says yes. So do the nine professors at prominent colleges who have agreed to make creating, augmenting, and editing Wikipedia entries part of their students’ coursework …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 7 September]

When history on Wikipedia leaves you snookered

Posted in research with tags , on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“For those of you wracking your brains for a quick answer to some vital issue this Tuesday morning, here’s a friendly reminder that Wikipedia, while a useful way of pooling knowledge, getting a potted history of the latest cretin to get their big break through reality tv, or of putting yourself in the frame on some obscure issue, is a coloured research tool. My cue for saying so? Read on …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 23 February]