Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spring 2008 ELI Conference: Using Wikipedia to Reenvision the Term Paper [AV/PPT]

“Students learn how to do things by doing them.”
Russ Edgerton

Using Wikipedia to Reenvision the Term Paper

Tuesday / March 18, 2008 / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Andreas Brockhaus, Manager, Learning Technologies, University of Washington Bothell

Martha Groom, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell

To enhance the learning experience of a term paper, students were required to publish their papers in Wikipedia. Publishing for a large audience provided authentic feedback and encouraged students to do their best work. Using Wikipedia also allowed students to connect with a vibrant community and share their knowledge by making their papers publicly accessible.

[03-19-08] NOW AVAILABLE [03-19-08]

Audio / Power Point Presentation [54:20]

[http://educause.acrobat.com/p79061869/]

PowerPoint Presentation [704 KB]

[http://www.educause.edu/upload/presentations/ELI082/SESS07/Brockhaus_ELI%20Wikipedia%202008.ppt]

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Students tell us they learn by doing—not by being told. They say real-world problems are motivating—that they want to make a contribution, not do busywork. And both employers and recent graduates say colleges and universities should help students better develop teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity. When students describe the education they would like, it involves learning through real problems (learning in context) and doing things that prepare them for future work (learning by doing). They want to learn with colleagues from multiple disciplines, supported—in physical and virtual environments—by information and communications technologies.

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