For a majority of students, consulting Wikipedia is synonymous with doing academic-related research. What this means for educators is having to contend with this use--whether that means working with students to help them understand how to do research online or how to think critically about the sources that they find. At the minimum, the challenge that Wikipedia frames is students' propensity to cut-and-paste and copy online content, particularly Wikipedia content. Rather than look at the challenge that Wikipedia presents, this address will explore how Wikipedia can be integrated into university courses as a touchpoint--not only for thinking about research, digital literacy, and critical thinking, but also about the reliability of information.
During this session, you'll gain insight into the site's founding pillars and core policies, its importance to the free knowledge movement, as well as its internal debates and challenges, particularly when used in an educational setting. Simply put, if students are using Wikipedia already, educators need to know how it works, and how to usefully work with it.
Jake Orlowitz (User:Ocaasi) is an administrator on Wikipedia and has been a Wikipedia editor since 2007. He's made over 30,000 original edits to the site, and created new articles in the areas of biography, medicine, and international government. He founded The Wikipedia Library in 2012, an open research hub for top editors to gain access to reliable sources and to reference experts. Jake also works on partnerships between Wikipedia and schools, organizations, companies, and cultural institutions. Jake graduated Wesleyan University in 2005, and lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he works full-time on Wikipedia projects.
Jason Chu is Education Director for Turnitin. His focus is on working to build resources for educators, and his personal passion is to find better ways to enhance student achievement. He will be moderating this webinar.