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1 Greta Munger, Davidson College Editing Wikipedia instead of writing a paper “to change the way people think” –Denis Diderot (1750) Encyclopedia or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts

2 Civic engagement  …to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service…  Davidson College Mission Statement

3 Developing the assignment  Defining an entry  Initial definition Imagine this is all they read, what to know?  Methods How do we define and measure this?  Specific results This is the bulk of the article.  Theory To the extent that there is some consensus.

4 Wikipedia assignment  Traditional literature review  Students work individually  words  4-6 peer reviewed sources  Wikipedia project  Students in pairs  No specific word count  Add 15 peer-reviewed sources

5 Wikipedia Day 1  Registering, linking, and markup  User page details… Register at Wikipedia Link to Davidson College (external) Link to course page APS template Infobox user template (make it pretty!) Talk to a fellow classmate on their User page Say “hi” to Online Ambassador “Meet & greet” section of his talk page  Places to register… Register at APS Add your name to the list of students on our course page

6 Wikipedia Day 2  Finding sources and adding references  Citation wizard, DOI search

7 Markup  What you see in textbox  Mental rotation is the ability to manipulate mental representations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects about various axes of rotation, with larger orientation differences require more processing time {{cite journal|last=Shepard|first=R. N.|coauthors=Metzler, J.|title=Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects|journal=Science|date=1971|volume=171|issue=3972|pages=701– 703|doi= /science }} {{cite book|last=Revlin|first=R|title=Human Cognition Theory and Practice|year=2012|publisher=Worth Pub|isbn= |pages= }}. {{reflist}}  What you see as the preview (and when page is saved)  Mental rotation is the ability to manipulate mental representations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects about various axes of rotation, with larger orientation differences require more processing time [1] [2]. 1. ^ Shepard, R. N.; Metzler, J. (1971). "Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects". Science 171 (3972): 701–703. doi: /science ^ Revlin, R. Human Cognition Theory and Practice. Worth Pub. pp ISBN [1][2]^doi /science ^ISBN

8 Wikipedia Day 3  Articles & partners assigned  Article structure described  Develop tentative list of sources Goal: 15 peer reviewed articles by next week

9 A quick visual

10 Writing concisely  Typical student sentence “In a study done by Brown and Munger (2010), they manipulated whether the camera was rotating or translating through the scene and found larger representational momentum for rotations.”  APA rewrite “Brown and Munger (2010) found larger representational momentum for camera rotations compared to translations.”  Wikipedia rewrite “More representational momentum occurs for camera rotations compared to translations through a scene. [1] ” [1] 1. ^ Brown, Travis A.; Munger, Margaret P. (2010). "Representational momentum, spatial layout, and viewpoint dependency". Visual Cognition 18: 780–800. doi: / ^doi /

11 Content & focus, not just length

12 Results  200-level course  29 undergraduates, 220+ refs Childhood amnesia Confabulation Culture in music cognition Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm Embodied cognition Encoding specificity principle Eyewitness memory Flashbulb memory Global precedence Misinformation effect Music and emotion Psychological refractory period Reminiscence bump Subliminal stimuli  ~6000 page views per month  400-level course  12 undergraduates, 180+ refs Door-in-the-face technique Eustress Impression formation Insight Latent learning Obedience (human behavior) Perfectionism (psychology) Personnel Psychology Posture (psychology) Realistic conflict theory Reminiscence therapy Self-serving bias  ~9000 page views per month

13 Summary  Student reflections  Sense of purpose  Audience awareness  Concise writing  Argument  Source awareness Google ≠ PsycINFO Wikipedia ≠ peer-reviewed journal  Discussion  Article structure Methods? Theories? History? Research vs. Researcher? Undergraduates can accomplish a lot! 2 classes (N=41), 26 articles 400+ peer-reviewed sources added Information on method & specific results

14 Assignment timeline & structure (1/2)  For sophomore lecture course 34% of final course grade  Read 5 pillars, brief discussion about anonymity Week 1  Registering, linking, and markup 1% of Wikipedia assignment Week 2  Finding sources and adding references Library instruction on PsycINFO Practice in sandbox using insert citation (1%) Choosing a topic & partner Week 3

15 Assignment timeline & structure (2/2)  For sophomore lecture course  Sources on sandbox draft/talk page (6%) Week 5  Moving to main space, content evaluated (30%) Week 9  Peer reviews (2 each) (6%) Week 10  "Final" article (50%) Week 13  Reflective essay (6%) Week 15 Week 14 included Thanksgiving

16 Accelerated assignment structure  For senior majors 25% of final course grade  User accounts & topics (4%) Week 1  Moving to main space, content evaluated (28%) Week 3  Peer reviews (2 each) (8%) Week 4  "Final" article (56%) & Reflective essay (4%) Week 6 (end of senior exams)


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