Understanding Wikipedia

The blog entry by Brock Read in The Wired Campus entitled ‘A Wikipedia Warning’ struck a chord. A professor, May Katherine Tredwell, had caught students copying verbatim from Wikipedia – a fairly common occurence I would have thought. This raised the question of teaching students the proper use of Wikipedia and an understanding of the quality, or lack thereof, of the content. The piece ends with the question, ‘Should professors hold crash courses in Wikipedia at the start of every semester? Or is that a job best left to librarians speaking at campus-orientation sessions?’. It would be useful if the Bond Library could address this question in its Information Literacy sessions. Maybe it does already?

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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