Sunday, June 01, 2008

Wikipedia as an Assignment

I just read a long post (in wikipedia, but I arrived there via a faculty blog) that is a description of an assignment the author used in a class he was teaching - he asked his students to write an article that made it to "Featured Article" status on Wikipedia. Here is the wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jbmurray/Madness

I got there from the blog:

http://posthegemony.blogspot.com/2008/03/wikipedia.html

The same professor also has some examples of student blogs available as links from his blog:

http://posthegemony.blogspot.com/2008/01/span312.html

These are all literature courses, but I don't see why they couldn't be almost anything. Ideas with which to begin the new semester....

(Oh and I started this whole reading experience via a post on edupunk. Edupunk is apparently the hot new term in the educational blogosphere. The post that started me off should be here -
http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=44780 - but I can't get to it today.)

And that new semester begins tomorrow.... are we all ready?!

Lisa Cheney-Steen, Dean

1 comment:

Lisa Marie said...

I think a valid point was made in another response by email that for upper division classes the creation of original articles on topic may be more feasible.

Still, the idea here is great! ... getting students familiar with contributing "outside the courseroom" via Wikipedia.