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EDUCATION: COLLEGE: CURRICULUM: UNDERGRADUATE :

WIKIPEDIA :

EDUCATION: LEARNING :

BLOGS:

Wikipedia in the Classroom: Developing Information Literacy,
Online Citizenship and Digital Research Skills

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Wikipedia in the Classroom: Developing Information Literacy,
Online Citizenship and Digital Research Skills

University of Edinburgh

Teaching Matters Blog

http://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/?p=1740

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With about 17 billion pageviews every month, its safe to say that most of
us have heard of Wikipedia and maybe even use it on a regular basis. Yet,
negative perceptions about Wikipedias reliability have often led educators
to tell their students not to use it.

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Too many students I met were being told that Wikipedia was
untrustworthy and were, instead, being encouraged to do research. As a
result, the message that many had taken home was to turn to Google and use
whatever came up first. They heard that Google was trustworthy and
Wikipedia was not. (Boyd, 2017)

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Providing guidance on how best to use and evaluate both of these
information resources is critical for any 21st century approach to
information literacy and research skills. Hence, providing an informed
understanding of Wikipedia and demystifying how it works has been a core
part of the residency.

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For instance, Wikipedia holds, as its central tenets, principles of
verifiability, neutral point of view, and transparency above all else.
This transparency is an implicit promise of trust to its users that
everything on it can be checked, challenged and corrected.

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What underlies Wikipedia, at its very heart, is this fundamental idea
that more people want to good than harm, more people want to create
knowledge than destroy, more people want to share than contain. At its
core Wikipedia is about human generosity. (Katherine Maher, Executive
Director of the Wikimedia Foundation)

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In 2011, ten years after Wikipedia first launched, the Chronicle of Higher
Education published an article acclaiming that Wikipedia had come of age
and that it was time Wikipedia played a vital role in formal education
settings. Since that article, the advent of Fake News has engendered
discussions around how best to equip students with a critical information
literacy. Yet, for Wikipedia editors, this is nothing new as they have
been combatting fake news for years, as source evaluation is one of the
Wikipedians core skills.

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Perceptions of Wikipedias role in education are changing rapidly. Recent
research has found that Wikipedia is both academically useful, in
providing students with an initial orientation on a topic, and that it
represents a clear educational opportunity for inclusion within the
undergraduate curriculum. Academic educators, and their students, should
therefore be encouraged to use Wikipedia, while still exercising caution,
and to supplement Wikipedia entries with reliable information from the
scholarly literature.

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Indeed, there is increasing synchronicity in the skills and experiences
that universities, and the OECD want to see students endowed with and the
ones Wikipedia assignments help to develop: information literacy, digital
skills, online citizenship, research skills, collaborative working and
more. The assignments we have run this year have all demonstrated this and
are all to be repeated as a result of the positive engagement and feedback
they have engendered.

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Now aged sixteen, and constantly evolving and improving, the case for
Wikipedia playing a vital role in formal education settings has never been
stronger.


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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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