Submissions/Wikipedia in your class: How you can integrate Wikipedia into your class

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an open submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.

DQ 9

Title of the submission
Wikipedia in your class: How you can integrate Wikipedia into your course.
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Chanitra Bishop
E-mail address
Etlib (talk) 16:32, 19 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Indiana University; Wikipedia US Education Program
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

As a Campus Ambassador and a Regional Ambassador for the Wikipedia US Education Program, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of instructors and classes on various Wikipedia assignments. In the process, I have learned a lot about incorporating Wikipedia into classroom assignments. Based on my experiences with the US Education Program as a Campus Ambassador and a Regional Ambassador, this presentation will provide some best practices on how instructors can incorporate Wikipedia into a course. It will include possible assignments, both small assignments and larger more time consuming assignments. It will also give tips for helping your Wikipedia assignment be successful including do’s and don’t’s for introducing students to Wikipedia and the Wikipedia community and working with the Wikipedia community. It will also provide tips to the instructor such as what the instructor should ideally know about Wikipedia before undertaking a Wikipedia assignment , how involved the instructor should be in the Wikipedia assignment and the Wikipedia class activities, the approximate amount of class time the instructor should expect to spend on a Wikipedia assignment, and designing a Wikipedia assignment. It will also cover the types of skills students can learn from a Wikipedia assignment such as summarizing a topic, writing from an objective point of view, critical thinking skills, evaluating information, and selecting reliable resources. Through Wikipedia, students can also learn about copyright, fair use, public domain and creative commons licenses. Wikipedia can also be used to help broaden students’ perspective and teach them to think more globally and identify bias in their own perspective and the perspective of others. The presenter will try to provide examples and tips based on the interest and background of the attendees. This presentation is intended for instructors, Campus Ambassadors, librarians and anyone participating in the Wikipedia Education Program or interested in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool.

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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  1. IbrahimPsy111 (talk) 18:08, 23 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Chanitra participated in the very first Campus Ambassador training, which at this point makes her a true veteran of using Wikipedia in the college classroom. I am very interested to hear about her varied experiences. -Pete F. (talk) 07:39, 28 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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