Title

Let Wikipedia through the Gates!: A Trojan Horse Approach to Information Literacy

Location

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Start Date

25-7-2014 9:15 AM

End Date

25-7-2014 10:15 AM

Subjects

Information literacy -- Study and teaching, Library instruction

Description

Wikipedia-editing assignments can help educators gain entrance to students’ most stubbornly guarded information behaviors and attitudes. By turning students’ critical attention toward Wikipedia—a resource they use regularly and successfully—educators can open conversations that go beyond the rigid and unconvincing prohibitions that students usually receive about the world’s largest and most open encyclopedia. Wikipedia is intellectually accessible in a way that makes it conducive for prompting students to explore, contemplate, and discuss broader information literacy skills. Asking students to explore, critique, and edit Wikipedia takes this engagement even further. This presentation will offer theoretical perspectives for situating Wikipedia in the classroom, suggest practical teaching approaches and applications, and report preliminary research findings.

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/14546

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Jul 25th, 9:15 AM Jul 25th, 10:15 AM

Let Wikipedia through the Gates!: A Trojan Horse Approach to Information Literacy

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Wikipedia-editing assignments can help educators gain entrance to students’ most stubbornly guarded information behaviors and attitudes. By turning students’ critical attention toward Wikipedia—a resource they use regularly and successfully—educators can open conversations that go beyond the rigid and unconvincing prohibitions that students usually receive about the world’s largest and most open encyclopedia. Wikipedia is intellectually accessible in a way that makes it conducive for prompting students to explore, contemplate, and discuss broader information literacy skills. Asking students to explore, critique, and edit Wikipedia takes this engagement even further. This presentation will offer theoretical perspectives for situating Wikipedia in the classroom, suggest practical teaching approaches and applications, and report preliminary research findings.