Student Online Research and Critical Thinking: Wikipedia in Education

A Turnitin webcast – but in the middle of the night when broadcast live in Hong Kong.

Here is the programme:

How can Wikipedia be integrated into university courses as a touchpoint–not only for thinking about research, digital literacy, and critical thinking, but also about the reliability of information?

Webcast here

PowerPoint here (sent by very kind and knowledgeable Jake Orlowitz)

Some main points:

  • Large number of professionals – doctors – use wikipedia
  • They use it intelligently, reflectively
  • Wikipedia is ingrained in our process? Cannot dis-invent it.
  • Process of making entries – should not work, but it does.
  • ‘Problems’ are easy to solve, given the number of participants
  • No peer review, but there is crowd sourced peer reviewed – initially there are computer checks – vandalism can be spotted
  • Editing principles – major pillars: neutral point of view – verifiability – no original research
  • Reliability of sources – exactly what we teach students
  • Is that citation good enough to back up that claim?
  • Plagiarism  – technically it is not prohibited on Wikipedia; the constraint is copyright law. Material must be freely licensed. ‘Fair use’ exceptions.
  • Civility, Consensus, Assume Good Faith
  • Motivations for editing
  • Resources for educators – ‘evaluating Wikipedia’
  • Students who edit on Wikipedia as part of their classes plagiarise less than other students.

Wikipedia Student Assignments