Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Wikipedia and our Programs

Liz recently posted to Google+ her general approval of the Wikipedia article on Mentorship. I took the opportunity to suggest we think about using Wikipedia a lot more in our work.
I'm hoping our programs can start using Wikipedia on may levels
Such as in assignments:
  • Instead of essays, the challenge is to edit Wikipedia articles to status of Good Article, or Featured (Masters level assignment that!)
  • Start or join discussion threads on any of the Wikipedia article discussion pages. The Mentorship article has lots open to talk about.
Or Using the range of WP articles that relate to the topics in our programs, to list and manage course materials like papers, videos and the like.
Two good starting links for people interested in such ideas:
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:FAQ/Schools 
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:School_and_University_projects
This is something we hope to suggest and talk more about in October this year, when the initial work of getting more of us working web based is underway, and some of our earlier adopters are thirsty for more...


  1. I definitely support this approach. From a pedagogical perspective, working in wikis provides benefits from not only working collaboratively but also working reflectively. There is a huge amount of literature that supports reflective practice in contemporary educational settings. Developing student & staff e-portfolios is also consistent with this.

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflective_practice

  2. The only problem being - demonstration of work. Which really is the problem with all online assessment.

    1. E-assessment is currently a hot topic internationally. But I'm not sure assessment of contributions to wikis is such a big problem because contributions can be logged. Also, there are 2 other trends that I see as important: (1) collaborative learning is increasingly recognised as beneficial & (2) wikis provide a means for reflective learning in a similar way to e-portfolios. With regards to the latter, there is a clear trend for students in many Australian universities (& in some cases, staff - eg., QUT) to produce e-portfolios for the purposes of reflective journal writing & evidence of skills developed.

  3. Wikipedia is undoubtedly one of the biggest pool of knowledge and information regarding every bit of area of study. From industries up to celebreties, Wikipedia is unquestionably the one stop solution for an individual who want to start acquiring knowledge about anything from the ground level. What sets it above all is that it helps students a lot in terms of their academic papers. I am enrolled with an online portal with global connections to life experience degree programs colleges and universities
    And I have observed that most of the professors dislike if a piece of information is being referenced from Wikipedia. I think that the vast level of topic coverage that Wikipedia covers actually limits students to go further researching their target topic and eradicates the concept of grater research.