Wiki literacy: using Wikipedia as a teaching tool

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Ball, Caroline and White, Jonathan 2019. Wiki literacy: using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. LILAC Conference.
AuthorsBall, Caroline and White, Jonathan
TypeConference Presentation
Abstract

Wikipedia has traditionally been viewed with scepticism in higher education, and many academics discourage students from using it at all – a position borne out by our own internal sample of Derby academics. However, statistics show that Wikipedia is still one of the top five most heavily used websites in the world. With this in mind therefore, subject librarians at the University of Derby decided to try a different approach by using Wikipedia as a teaching and learning tool rather than just a source of information. Working with the undergraduate Publishing programme, librarians and academic staff redeveloped an existing module on Content Development to be structured entirely around the use of Wikipedia. Students were set tasks to create new articles, copy edit existing ones, peer review each other’s articles, and research for articles missing citations, thereby developing their academic writing, information literacy and digital skills. An added benefit for Publishing students especially was the opportunity to create content for a worldwide audience, with a potential impact long beyond the usual assignment timeline.
In this short presentation we will present on the evolution of this project, our collaborative work with Wikimedia UK and academic staff, and outcomes from the project, including feedback from students and future plans for wider use across the University.

Keywordswikipedia; Academic writing; Impactful learning
Year2019
PublisherLILAC Conference
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623959
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Deposited04 Jul 2019, 10:56
AcceptedApr 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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