Wiki-Solutions and Teaching
Over on H-Africa there is yet another discussion of the Wikipedia going on.
Notably, however, this one isn't a grump-fest about the (well established) failings of the Wikipedia. Rather, it is an unusually constructive discussion about how Africanists can help improve the Africa-related material available and thus utilize the popularity of the Wikipedia to help get accurate African info into the hands of students and lay-readers.
More so, there is also an interesting discussion of how faculty can assign students the task of researching and writing/rewriting entries, as well. Timothy Burke has previously made some very smart suggestions here on Cliopatria about how to use the Wikipedia as a teaching tool. Having students actually contribute (under a suitable degree of supervision, of course) strikes me as a very good idea.
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David Silbey - 12/14/2005
Nature did an interesting experiment comparing Wikipedia to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Rob MacDougall - 12/14/2005
...has recently begun on H-SHGAPE (Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era).
Jonathan Dresner - 12/13/2005
On H-Asia there's been a similar debate going on: the most intriguing suggestions I've seen so far had to do with having students construct wikis of their own, in groups. That would, I think, though it wasn't mentioned in the discussion, provide a good foundation for students to understand the weaknesses of wiki as well as the potential value of it.
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