Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool That Empowers Students

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Imagine a world where your students show up to class excited about an assignment they are working on. In addition, your students send you a thank-a-teacher note for the opportunities you provide for meaningful learning and for the chance to have their work make a real impact.

This actually happened to Dr. Jennifer Glass, an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, when she incorporated a Wikipedia assignment into her teaching.  By completing a semester-long Wikipedia editing project on scientific writing on notable topics in environmental sciences, students developed a deep understanding of the course topics. They also developed skills to analyze digital sources of information for accuracy and to collaboratively produce reliable information for various public audiences. While some students found that the assignment could be more tasking and time consuming than they expected, others remarked how they enjoyed this authentic learning activity, and expressed their pride in contributing to something larger than themselves.

Please join your colleagues in this Teaching with Technology Spotlight session to learn how Dr. Glass used Wikipedia as a teaching tool to help her students learn and share knowledge with the world.


Time: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12 - 1pm

Location: Student Center, Piedmont Room (lunch provided)

Questions? Contact Chaohua Ou

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