Meeting: Using Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool
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This page will reflect the outcomes from our meeting with expert consultants from several universities about using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education.
Wikimedia Foundation is bringing together a small group of professors and faculty to learn more about their experiences using Wikipedia as a teaching tool (e.g., successes, pitfalls, curriculum, classroom learning activities, methodologies, and tools). In addition, we will be sharing the exciting work we are doing to improve the user experience for new Wikipedia editors and the classroom materials currently in development.
The meeting will be held at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, and will provide both participants and Wikimedia Foundation Staff members the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and to learn from each other.
- Robert E. Cummings , The University of Mississippi "OleMiss"; Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric.
- ("Are We Ready to Use Wikipedia to Teach Writing?"), author of the book Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (see below)
- Tol Foster, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Assistant Professor of American Studies.
- Davida Scharf, Director of Reference, Robert W. Van Houten Library, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
- Mythbusting: College Students as Wikipedia Editors at the Merlot Conference, San Jose, CA 2009, see Wikipedia, School and university projects
- Jim Lipuma, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Professor in Humanities Department and Coordinator for the Teacher Education Programs.
- Anne McNeil, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. **list of articles her class is editing, see also: School and university project; "Improving Science Education and Understanding with Wikipedia"
- Cheryl Moy, Graduate Student, University of Michigan; Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. "Improving Science Education and Understanding with Wikipedia"
149 New Montgomery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-839-6885 xt 631
- May 11th and 12th (Tuesday, Wednesday)
(1st day: all-day meeting and dinner, 2nd day: half-day wrap-up)
- Day one includes
- Breakfast snacks
- Afternoon "pick me up"
- Day two includes
- Breakfast snacks
Day 1: Tuesday, May 11
- 9.00–10.00 Welcome, group introductions
- 10.00–12.00 Case study: experiences in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool, followed by a discussion
- 12.00–13.30 Lunch break & Informal discussion with Wikimedia Foundation Team
- 13.30–14.30 Presentation of the Usability, Bookshelf Project and Public Policy Initiative
- 14.30–15.00 "pick-me-up" break
- 15.00–17.00 Discussion: Best practices in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool (effectiveness, pitfalls, best practices, types of activities, what additional support is needed)
- 18.30– Dinner
Day 2: Wednesday, May 12
- 9.00-9.30 Breakfast Snacks & Discussion: Best practices in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool (effectiveness, pitfalls, best practices, types of activities, what additional support is needed)
- 9.30-9.45 Meeting with Sue Gardner, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation
- 9.45-12.00 Discussion: Best practices in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool (effectiveness, pitfalls, best practices, types of activities, what additional support is needed)
- 12.00-1.00 Lunch
- Richard Baraniuk (2006), Victor E. Cameron Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University. TEDTalks : Goodbye, textbooks; hello, open-source learning. Although not specifically Wikipedia, it is an interesting talk dealing with the creation of open-source materials for learning.
- Jon Beasley-Murray, University of British Columbia, Vancouver ("Was Introducing Wikipedia to the Classroom an Act of Madness Leading Only to Mayhem if not Murder?")
- Richard Buckland, School of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia. (March 2010), 55-minute Video: Wikis in University Teaching and Learning.
- Kristine L. Callis, Lindsey R. Christ, Julian Resasco, David W. Armitage, Jeremy D. Ash, Timothy T. Caughlin, Sharon F. Clemmensen, Stella M. Copeland, Timothy J. Fullman, Ryan L. Lynch, Charley Olson, Raya A. Pruner, Ernane H.M. Vieira-Neto, Raneve West-Singh, Emilio M. Bruna (2009) Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24(4):177-179.
- Frank Schulenburg, Klaus Wannemacher: Wikipedia in Academic Studies – Corrupting or "Dramatically Improving" the Quality of Teaching and Learning?, in: Peter Ebner / Mandy Schiefner (eds.), Looking Toward the Future of Technology Enhanced Education: Ubiquitous Learning and the Digital Native, Hershey, PA, 2009, ISBN 978-1-61520-678-0.
- Ukrainian Minister calls on scientists to create Ukrainian Wikipedia, March 10, 2010.