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1 Pamela M. Salela, Associate Professor Library Instructional Services Program Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director Information Technology Services

2 Stardate 2007 The Colbert Report The Word – Wikiality --wikiality --wikiality - Lacking authority - Anybody can publish anything - Banished from the halls of academia - Students are admonished to never use it for real research

3 Stardate 2014 Dariusz Jemielniak, Professor Kozminski University, Poland Author: Common Knowledge: An Ethnography of Wikipedia Stanford University The Chronicle of Higher Education

4 “Wikipedia: A Professor’s Best Friend” American Sociological Association and American Psychological Association promoting its development Excellent academic assignment: Requires documented research Requires the use of secondary resources Requires synthesizing facts Plagiarism resilient Real publishing experience – not just an academic exercise

5 Wikipedia has evolved over time In the beginning – “a free for all” Larry Sanger, Co-founder - “Wikipedia began as a good-natured anarchy” Andrew McAfee, author of Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges (2009) -- “Wikipedia’s history reveals that much effort has gone into defining the social ground rules of the community so that its members interact with one another in largely positive ways.Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges

6 Current manifestation Over 77,000 editors Stringent rules for citing sources Arduous fact checking Strict style guide and publishing process Careful attention to copyright and ethics Dr. Michael Murphy argues that Wikipedia is as rigorous as any academic publication

7 ACRL: Information Literacy Standards ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force is revising the standards slated for publication in the summer of ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force CHARGE: Update the Information literacy competency standards for higher education so that they reflect the current thinking on such things as the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the changing global higher education and learning environment, the shift from information literacy to information fluency, and the expanding definition of information literacy to include multiple literacies, e.g., transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, etc.

8 Evidence based…. Traphagan, et al - “Changes in college students’ perceptions of use of web-based resources for academic tasks with Wikipedia projects: a preliminary exploration.” “Results suggest that Wikipedia activity, integrated into regular course curriculum, led students to gain knowledge about processes of Web-based information creation, become more critical of information on the Web [in general], and evaluate the use of publicly accessible Web-based resources for academic purposes,” (p. 253).

9 Baccalaureate Goals (UIS) Goals & Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education By emphasizing scholarship skills in the service of the public good, UIS prepares students for life-long learning and engaged citizenship. UIS prepares students to discover, integrate, apply, and communicate knowledge for the benefit of individuals, families, and communities.

10 I 1. Discovery of Knowledge UIS graduates should be information and communication technology literate, exhibiting a strong proficiency in locating, reflectively comprehending, and synthesizing appropriate college level readings, toward the goal of knowledge creation. Competencies include: a. Reading baccalaureate-level materials effectively, reflecting comprehension and synthesis. b. Exhibiting a knowledge of and ability to effectively locate, evaluate, interpret, and use information. c. Exhibiting a knowledge of and ability to use information and communication technologies.

11 Wikipedia in the Classroom Course context Library research course Team up with subject-based course English Department Long term commitment Instruction distribution / team work Librarian course instructor media services

12 Wikipedia Core Content Policies Neutral point of view – All Wikipedia articles and other encyclopedic content must be written from a neutral point of view, representing significant views fairly, proportionately and without bias. Verifiability – Material challenged or likely to be challenged, and all quotations, must be attributed to a reliable, published source. In Wikipedia, verifiability means that people reading and editing the encyclopedia can check that information comes from a reliable source.likely to be challengedreliable source No original research – Wikipedia does not publish original thought: all material in Wikipedia must be attributable to a reliable, published source. Articles may not contain any new analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to advance a position not clearly advanced by the sources.notreliable, published source

13 Assignment complexity Capital Scholars 250B: Global Genders / Transnational Sexualities (Dr. Michael Murphy, WGS) Honors class 65% of grade Organized in groups (or not) Elements of Project: Topic proposal Annotated bibliography (library research workshop) Hardcopy of article (student) Presentation of Digitized article

14 Assignment Simplicity WGS473: The Politics of Reproduction Upper division class / includes graduate students 15% of grade Individual project Elements of Project: Addendum to term research paper Graduate Students: original entry Undergraduate Students: edits to existing Annotated bibliography (library research workshop) Oral progress reports spaced out by two weeks Final presentation must be live

15 Done in Stages Early preparation Introduce wikipedia workshop leader early in semester Tutorials website: Create Wikipedia logons in advance Wikipedia workshop – the mechanics Editing & style Practice exercise Copyright, importance of Content policies

16 Guide to Writing for Wikipedia

17 Demonstration of Editing

18 Assessment & Ethics Grading cannot be based on judgment of Wikipedia editors Grading cannot be contingent on being published Live presentations If not published, show sandbox Peer interaction Discuss preparation & research Discuss process that took place after submitting for publishing

19 Special Thanks to Dr. Michael Murphy, Assistant Professor Women & Gender Studies Dept. University of Illinois at Springfield Zachary Logsdon IT Support Associate Information Technology Services University of Illinois at Springfield

20 Citations Kilkku, Ville. (July 2, 2013). “The Evolution of Wikipedia from a Lean Perspective.” 2 Cents on Communication. lean-perspective/ lean-perspective/ Jemielniak, Dariusz. (Oct. 14, 2014). “Wikipedia: A Professor’s Best Friend.” In The Chronicle of Higher Education. Sweeney, Meghan. (March 2012). “The Wikipedia Project: Changing Students from Consumers to Producers.” Teaching English in the Two Year College. Traphagan, Tomoko, et al. (2014). “Changes in college students’ perceptions of use of web-based resources for academic tasks with Wikipedia projects: a preliminary exploration.” Interactive Learning Environments. 22.3:


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