Wikipedia - how it works and how it can work for you

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Wikipedia: how it works and how it can work for you
Authors: Elizabeth M. Nix [edit item]
Citation: The History Teacher 43 (2): 259-64. 2010 February.
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Wikipedia: how it works and how it can work for you is a publication by Elizabeth M. Nix.


[edit] Abstract

As RESPONSIBLE TEACHERS OF HISTORY, we all try to steer our students toward reliable sources. Many of us have been reluctant to authorize students to use Wikipedia in their classwork because we do not fully tmst the open source encyclopedia. But as increasing numbers of scholars and teachers work with Wikipedia, its influence becomes undeniable. In the Spring of 2007, Cathy Davidson suggested in the Chronicle of Higher Education that instead of banning Wikipedia from our classrooms, we history professors "make studying what it does and does not do part ofthe research-and-methods portion of our courses."' Davidson went on to suggest that we have students submit articles to the site. I did just that in my "Exploring the Past" course at the University of Baltimore (UB) in the Fall of 2007. My students found it to be one ofthe most stimulating and useful exercises ofthe entire semester. In fact, the assignment went well beyond evaluating Wikipedia as a research tool and tumed into an unexpected opportunity for students to actively constmct history.

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"As RESI·OS SIBL E TEACI IERS OF II ISTORY. "C ail try 10 stcer ou r ctudems toward reliable sources . \tany ofus ha ve bccn relucrant 10 authorizc student.. 10 U"C Wikipcdia in thcir classwor" bccausc \\ c do nol l'ully trust the- open source cncyclopcdia. But as increasmg nurnbers of scholars and teachcrs \\ ork \\ uh Wikipedia. ils influence becomes undcniable. ln the Spring of~007. Cathy David son suggested in the Chnmicle of lligher Educatù", tha l instcad ofbanning Wik ipedia from our classroorns. wc history profcssors "makc studymg " hat il does and dccs nol do part orthe rcscarch-and-method s po rtion ofour courses."! Davi dson went on 10 suggcst that \ 'C' have studcms submit articles 10 the s ile. 1did just thar III my "Exploring the Past" course at the Univ ersity o f Baltimore (VB ) in the Fall of :!007 . ~ l y studc nts found it to he o ne of the mu st stimulating and usetul excrcises of the cntire scmes ter. In ta ct. the assignmem wcrn " cil bcyond cvaluating Wikipcdia as a research too l and tumed into an uncx pcct cd opportur uty for students 10 activcly constru ct history ,"

Research details

Topics: Student contribution [edit item]
Domains: History [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Experiment responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Reflection on the wikifiying process will help all of us understand what the process of history is becoming. Wikipedia is just one of the web2.0 developments that are becoming more and more prevalent on the internet. These sites that combine social networking with content offer opportunities for students to publish their findings, create historic maps, build digital portfoliosm, and generate immediate feedback from a new kind of a scholarly community. We should not simply evaluate these new networking communities. We should join them."

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AbstractAs RESPONSIBLE TEACHERS OF HISTORY, we allAs RESPONSIBLE TEACHERS OF HISTORY, we all try to steer

our students toward reliable sources. Many of us have been reluctant to authorize students to use Wikipedia in their classwork because we do not fully tmst the open source encyclopedia. But as increasing numbers of scholars and teachers work with Wikipedia, its influence becomes undeniable. In the Spring of 2007, Cathy Davidson suggested in the Chronicle of Higher Education that instead of banning Wikipedia from our classrooms, we history professors "make studying what it does and does not do part ofthe research-and-methods portion of our courses."' Davidson went on to suggest that we have students submit articles to the site. I did just that in my "Exploring the Past" course at the University of Baltimore (UB) in the Fall of 2007. My students found it to be one ofthe most stimulating and useful exercises ofthe entire semester. In fact, the assignment went well beyond evaluating Wikipedia as a research tool and tumed into an

unexpected opportunity for students to actively constmct history.
for students to actively constmct history.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionN/A +
ConclusionReflection on the wikifiying process willReflection on the wikifiying process will help all of us understand what the process of history is becoming. Wikipedia is just one of the web2.0 developments that are becoming more and more prevalent on the internet. These sites that combine social networking with content offer opportunities for students to publish their findings, create historic maps, build digital portfoliosm, and generate immediate feedback from a new kind of a scholarly community. We should not simply evaluate these new networking communities. We should join them.working communities. We should join them.
Data sourceExperiment responses +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%3A%2Bhow%2Bit%2Bworks%2Band%2Bhow%2Bit%2Bcan%2Bwork%2Bfor%2Byou%22 +
Has authorElizabeth M. Nix +
Has domainHistory +
Has topicStudent contribution +
Issue2 +
MonthFebruary +
Pages259-64 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inThe History Teacher +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionsAs RESI·OS SIBL E TEACI IERS OF II ISTORY.As RESI·OS SIBL E TEACI IERS OF II ISTORY. "C ail try 10 stcer

ou r ctudems toward reliable sources . \tany ofus ha ve bccn relucrant 10 authorizc student.. 10 U"C Wikipcdia in thcir classwor" bccausc \\ c do nol l'ully trust the- open source cncyclopcdia. But as increasmg nurnbers of scholars and teachcrs \\ ork \\ uh Wikipedia. ils influence becomes undcniable. ln the Spring of~007. Cathy David son suggested in the Chnmicle of lligher Educatù", tha l instcad ofbanning Wik ipedia from our classroorns. wc history profcssors "makc studymg " hat il does and dccs nol do part orthe rcscarch-and-method s po rtion ofour courses."! Davi dson went on 10 suggcst that \ 'C' have studcms submit articles 10 the s ile. 1did just thar III my "Exploring the Past" course at the Univ ersity o f Baltimore (VB ) in the Fall of :!007 . ~ l y studc nts found it to he o ne of the mu st stimulating and usetul excrcises of the cntire scmes ter. In ta ct. the assignmem wcrn " cil bcyond cvaluating Wikipcdia as a research too l and tumed into an

uncx pcct cd opportur uty for students 10 activcly constru ct history ,
students 10 activcly constru ct history ,
Revid11,081 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleWikipedia: how it works and how it can work for you
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://drakeapedia.drake.wikispaces.net/file/view/wikipediahowitworks.pdf/156271371/wikipediahowitworks.pdf +
Volume43 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2010 +