Proposal Abstract

Instead of the typical research paper, our students are required to build wiki webpages as part of a larger, class project. Constructing a wikipage meets the same learning outcomes as a research paper, namely, library and internet research skills, distillation of material, written communication, and moreover, expands technology skills. Participants will discuss best practices for wiki project design, including logical organization, layout design, citation and plagiarism prevention. Examples presented will include a microbe encyclopedia and a human genome map defining genetic diseases. Following a wikipage-building exercise, participants will compare learning outcomes from research papers with wiki projects and discuss the potential uses of this community technology tool beyond the science discipline. Data evaluating student attitudes toward building wikipages and research papers and achievement of learning outcomes between research papers and wiki research projects will be presented.

Location

Room 1908

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 10th, 5:00 PM Mar 10th, 5:45 PM

Alternative to the Research Paper: Wiki Webpage Development

Room 1908

Instead of the typical research paper, our students are required to build wiki webpages as part of a larger, class project. Constructing a wikipage meets the same learning outcomes as a research paper, namely, library and internet research skills, distillation of material, written communication, and moreover, expands technology skills. Participants will discuss best practices for wiki project design, including logical organization, layout design, citation and plagiarism prevention. Examples presented will include a microbe encyclopedia and a human genome map defining genetic diseases. Following a wikipage-building exercise, participants will compare learning outcomes from research papers with wiki projects and discuss the potential uses of this community technology tool beyond the science discipline. Data evaluating student attitudes toward building wikipages and research papers and achievement of learning outcomes between research papers and wiki research projects will be presented.