[URPE] FW: Wikipedia projects in undergraduate classes
Breen, Nancy (NIH/NCI) [E]
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Thu Mar 22 13:36:17 MDT 2012
This opportunity to contribute to Wikipedia may be of interest to URPE members. NB
From: Richard Jensen [mailto:rjensen at uic.edu]
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:49 PM
To: SOCIAL-CLASS at LISTSERV.UIC.EDU
Subject: Wikipedia projects in undergraduate classes
From: Richard Jensen <rjensen at uic.edu>, SOCIAL-CLASS editor
The folks at Wikipedia are promoting the idea of university classes
incorporating Wikipedia projects. That is the students would made
additions to Wikipedia articles, for class credit. The professor
would monitor the quality, and the folks at Wikipedia would provide
all sorts of technical help.
I'm one of those helpers--I've also been editing a lot of Wikipedia
articles. Looking at hundreds of history articles, my take is that
the average Wiki contributor is a male undergraduate who is mostly
interested in military or political history, and is generally not
familiar with social or cultural history, nor with historiography,
nor with the scholarly literature. The sociology articles are poor.
Wikipedia needs help. Since they are the #1 source used by students
any upgrading would be a public service. But it also may teach the
students to write and cite--and get instant feedback, with their work
actually published for the world to see.
The program is in startup mode and is operating mostly in the USA
right now. The project has been endorsed by the Sociology and
Psychology associations, which have activities underway.
Anyone interested in giving it a try for next year should contact me;
we will have a 3-hour online training program this summer and will
have online help and maybe on-campus help for teachers who sign
up. We also have a private discussion that has just started.
rjensen at uic.edu
There is some information on the Wikipedia program at
on the Sociologists see
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