What if instead of telling students to abstain from something everyone uses we could encourage understanding and engagement? Recent research suggests that Wikipedia-based assignments are more valuable for learning about the reliability of online sources, the class topic, and writing for a general audience, as well as developing information literacy, critical thinking, and technical skills. This session will introduce the research, illustrate best practices, and engage participants in revising their assignments to include Wikipedia-based components.
The event will include an overview of Wikipedia and research on its use in the classroom, an opportunity to hear from instructors at BLC institutions discussing their experiences of integrating Wikipedia into classroom instruction, and a session from BLC librarians on tips and tricks for holding local Wikipedia edit-a-thons. The workshop will be interactive and provide participants with concrete ways of incorporating Wikipedia into teaching and instruction.
Participants will learn how and why teaching with Wikipedia is helpful for developing critical thinking and information literacy skills. This will lead to discussions and engagement on incorporating Wikipedia assignments into their classroom, and participants will leave with a plan of action to help incorporate Wikipedia into a variety of STEM courses.
Speakers: Zach McDowell - Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Former Research Fellow at the Wiki Education FoundationAnna Newman, - Librarian for Digital Academic Strategies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Phoebe Ayers, Librarian for Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MITGreta Kuriger Suiter - Processing Archivist at MITAmanda Rust - Assistant Director of the Digital Scholarship Group and Digital Humanities Librarian at Northeastern University.