Bcak4 – wikiphobia in schools

Works at Learning skills centre at university of Canterbury

Students have limited general IT skills, can txt or use facebook but does translate into other areas

Academics tend to dislike wikipedia

  • unreliable
  • non-experts can contribute
  • culture clash wikipedia vs academic
  • inappropriate
  • used as a primary source
  • in actual case students tend to actually use wikipedia correctly
  • plagiarism very easy to detect

In business if you were asked to research something and just pointed to wikipedia page then you’re done

I missed some of the talk here

Assign wikipedia writing to students

  • published in public
  • critiqued by strangers
  • defend argument
  • have citations and sources
  • favourable to group work, track individual contributions

See wikiteach.info