The perspectives of higher education faculty on Wikipedia

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The perspectives of higher education faculty on Wikipedia
Authors: Hsin-liang Chen [edit item]
Citation: Electronic Library 28 (3): 361-73. 2010.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1108/02640471011051954.
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The perspectives of higher education faculty on Wikipedia is a publication by Hsin-liang Chen.


[edit] Abstract

Purpose - This purpose of this paper is to investigate whether higher education instructors use information from Wikipedia for teaching and research. Design/methodology/approach - This is an explorative study to identify important factors regarding user acceptance and use of emerging information resources and technologies in the academic community. A total of 201 participants around the world answered an online questionnaire administered by a commercial provider. The questionnaire consisted of 16 Likert-scaled questions to assess participants' agreement with each question along with an optional open-ended explanation. Findings - The findings of this project confirm that internet access was related to faculty technology use. Online resources and references were ranked the first choice by the participants when searching for familiar and unfamiliar topics. The investigator found that participants' academic ranking status, frequency of e-mail use and academic discipline were related to their use of online databases, web-based information and directing students to information from the Web. Although the participants might often use online resources for research and teaching, Wikipedia's credibility was the participants' major concern. Research limitations/implications - This project is an exploratory study and more considerations are needed for this research area. Originality/value - The paper shows that participants who used online databases more often showed a negative attitude toward Wikipedia. Those participants who used Wikipedia for teaching and research also allowed students to use information from Wikipedia and were more likely to be contributors to Wikipedia.

[edit] Research questions

"This purpose of this paper is to investigate whether higher education instructors use information from Wikipedia for teaching and research. This is an explorative study to identify important factors regarding user acceptance and use of emerging information resources and technologies in the academic community."

Research details

Topics: Knowledge source for scholars and librarians, Reader perceptions of credibility [edit item]
Domains: Education [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The findings of this project confirm that internet access was related to faculty technology use. Online resources and references were ranked the first choice by the participants when searching for familiar and unfamiliar topics. The investigator found that participants' academic ranking status, frequency of e-mail use and academic discipline were related to their use of online databases, web-based information and directing students to information from the Web. Although the participants might often use online resources for research and teaching, Wikipedia's credibility was the participants' major concern. The paper shows that participants who used online databases more often showed a negative attitude toward Wikipedia. Those participants who used Wikipedia for teaching and research also allowed students to use information from Wikipedia and were more likely to be contributors to Wikipedia."

[edit] Comments

"The acceptance of Wikipedia by the participants is relatively low and the participants who use online information resources more often tend to use information from Wikipedia."


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AbstractPurpose - This purpose of this paper is toPurpose - This purpose of this paper is to investigate whether higher education instructors use information from Wikipedia for teaching and research. Design/methodology/approach - This is an explorative study to identify important factors regarding user acceptance and use of emerging information resources and technologies in the academic community. A total of 201 participants around the world answered an online questionnaire administered by a commercial provider. The questionnaire consisted of 16 Likert-scaled questions to assess participants' agreement with each question along with an optional open-ended explanation. Findings - The findings of this project confirm that internet access was related to faculty technology use. Online resources and references were ranked the first choice by the participants when searching for familiar and unfamiliar topics. The investigator found that participants' academic ranking status, frequency of e-mail use and academic discipline were related to their use of online databases, web-based information and directing students to information from the Web. Although the participants might often use online resources for research and teaching, Wikipedia's credibility was the participants' major concern. Research limitations/implications - This project is an exploratory study and more considerations are needed for this research area. Originality/value - The paper shows that participants who used online databases more often showed a negative attitude toward Wikipedia. Those participants who used Wikipedia for teaching and research also allowed students to use information from Wikipedia and were more likely to be contributors to Wikipedia.re likely to be contributors to Wikipedia.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsThe acceptance of Wikipedia by the participants is relatively low and the participants who use online information resources more often tend to use information from Wikipedia.
ConclusionThe findings of this project confirm that The findings of this project confirm that internet access was related to faculty technology use. Online resources and references were ranked the first choice by the participants when searching for familiar and unfamiliar topics. The investigator found that participants' academic ranking status, frequency of e-mail use and academic discipline were related to their use of online databases, web-based information and directing students to information from the Web. Although the participants might often use online resources for research and teaching, Wikipedia's credibility was the participants' major concern. The paper shows that participants who used online databases more often showed a negative attitude toward Wikipedia. Those participants who used Wikipedia for teaching and research also allowed students to use information from Wikipedia and were more likely to be contributors to Wikipedia.re likely to be contributors to Wikipedia.
Data sourceSurvey responses +
Doi10.1108/02640471011051954 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bperspectives%2Bof%2Bhigher%2Beducation%2Bfaculty%2Bon%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorHsin-liang Chen +
Has domainEducation +
Has topicKnowledge source for scholars and librarians + and Reader perceptions of credibility +
Issue3 +
Pages361-73 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inElectronic Library +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThis purpose of this paper is to investigaThis purpose of this paper is to investigate whether higher education instructors use information from Wikipedia for teaching and research. This is an explorative study to identify important factors regarding user acceptance and use of emerging information resources and technologies in the academic community.nd technologies in the academic community.
Revid10,986 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleThe perspectives of higher education faculty on Wikipedia
Unit of analysisUser +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02640471011051954 +
Volume28 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2010 +