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For a Growing Number of College Students, Wikipedia Is Homework →


Wikipedia doesn’t have a stellar reputation for scholarly accuracy, but its staggering collection of 20 million articles in 283 languages has nonetheless made it the go-to reference for the world’s students—it’s even the most plagiarized source on college campuses. Now, a growing number of professors are bucking the anti-Wikipedia trend and assigning a new kind of homework: editing the site’s articles.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation blog, professors from nine nations are participating in the two-year-old Wikipedia Education Program, which allows them to assign articles to their students. In the United States, about 50 classes are participating in the editing effort. Student contributors “are expected to put in as much work into the Wikipedia assignments as they would put into a term paper or other large assignment,” the program’s founders say. The students are guided through the editing process by their professor, trained in-person “campus ambassadors,” and virtual mentors.  

» via GOOD

Extremely relevant.  

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    I love to hear about the ways teachers/schools are embracing technology.
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    Oh-so-conflicted right now.. It’s like: “Don’t encourage them!” meets: “Well at least they’re doing something.” But...
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    Whoa, Cool!
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    Finally! We’re starting to get how this shit is supposed to work.
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    Good teaching always tries to b innovative
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