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Engaging with the world: students of comparative law write for Wikipedia
Abstract Improving students' computer literacy, insImproving students' computer literacy, instilling a critical approach to Internet resources and preparing them for collaborative work are important educational aims today. This article examines how a writing exercise in the style of a Wikipedia article can be used to develop these skills. Students in an elective unit in Comparative Law were asked to create, and review, a Wikipedia entry on an issue, concept or scholar in this field. This article describes the rationale for adopting this writing task, how it was integrated into the teaching and assessment structure of the unit, and how students responded to the exercise. In addition to critically evaluating the potential of this novel teaching tool, the article aims to provide some practical guidance on when Wikipedia assignments might be usefully employed.ia assignments might be usefully employed.
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Comments Wikipedia writing assignments require students to learn how to adapt their writing to the audiance, and makes them critical and self-aware in using Wikipedia.
Conclusion Wikipedia assignments are a welcome additiWikipedia assignments are a welcome addition to the traditionalwriting tasks for students. Requiring students to engage actively withthe content of Wikipedia, its production and limitations will enablestudents to become more critical and self-aware in their use of thisnow ubiquitous online resource. It also improves student skills inwriting in a different environment and for a wider audience, while atthe same time improving student engagement through a ‘real world’exercise.The skills which writing for Wikipedia requires vary, but are notin all respects different, from those practised in standard writingassignments. All authors need to adapt their writing to the intendedaudience and the purpose of their communication. Writing for anonline encyclopaedia affects format and tone, in particular. As areference text, Wikipedia should not contain original research, beneutral and fact-based. But as in other forms of academic writing,students still need to thoroughly research traditional scholarlymaterials to arrive at a sound knowledge of the subject area. Theywill also need to continue to provide appropriate references to thesources they use, and they remain accountable for their quality andcurrency accountable for their quality andcurrency
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Has author Normann Witzleb +
Has domain Education + , Law +
Has topic Student contribution +
Month January  +
Pages 83-97  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Legal Education Review +
Research design Experiment  +
Research questions Improving students’ computer literacy, insImproving students’ computer literacy, instilling a critical approach to Internet resources and preparing them for collaborative work are important educational aims today. This article examines how a writing exercise in the style of a Wikipedia article can be used to develop these skills. Students in an elective unit in Comparative Law were asked to create, and review, a Wikipedia entry on an issue, concept or scholar in this fi eld. This article describes the rationale for adopting this writing task, how it was integrated into the teaching and assessment structure of the unit, and how students responded to the exercise. In addition to critically evaluating the potential of this novel teaching tool, the article aims to provide some practical guidance on when Wikipedia assignments might be usefully employed.ia assignments might be usefully employed.
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Theory type Analysis  +
Title Engaging with the world: students of comparative law write for Wikipedia
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1725107  +
Volume 19  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:26:14  +
Categories Student contribution  + , Education  + , Law  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:25:56  +
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