Proposal Abstract

The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia, partnered with university professors from Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington, Harvard, Indiana, LeHigh, Syracuse and Berkeley in the fall of 2010 to bring Wikipedia into courses with the Public Policy Initiative. Throughout the semester, students, faculty, and assignment assistants known as Ambassadors are providing feedback on the teaching and learning experience through surveys and focus groups conducted both by Wikimedia Foundation staff and WestEd. Preliminary results indicate that through assignments based in Wikipedia, students feel that they gained more experience in writing, research, collaboration, and media literacy, than with traditional class assignments. Many students comment on the satisfaction in producing a classroom assignment that had value and usefulness beyond a grade. The workshop contains the results of our research as well as a model professors can use to incorporate Wikipedia editing in their courses.

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Room 2911

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Mar 11th, 9:00 AM Mar 11th, 9:45 AM

Wikipedia and Academia, Friends at Last? Integrating Wiki-Technology into the Classroom

Room 2911

The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia, partnered with university professors from Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington, Harvard, Indiana, LeHigh, Syracuse and Berkeley in the fall of 2010 to bring Wikipedia into courses with the Public Policy Initiative. Throughout the semester, students, faculty, and assignment assistants known as Ambassadors are providing feedback on the teaching and learning experience through surveys and focus groups conducted both by Wikimedia Foundation staff and WestEd. Preliminary results indicate that through assignments based in Wikipedia, students feel that they gained more experience in writing, research, collaboration, and media literacy, than with traditional class assignments. Many students comment on the satisfaction in producing a classroom assignment that had value and usefulness beyond a grade. The workshop contains the results of our research as well as a model professors can use to incorporate Wikipedia editing in their courses.