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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

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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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Sincerely,
David Dillard
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[Net-Gold] 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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