Beyond Academia: Teaching Life Skills With Wikipedia

Presented by: Chanitra Bishop and Iris Finkel

Everyone from college students and faculty to news reporters use Wikipedia. However, when discussed as a teaching tool, using Wikipedia in the classroom is often met with hesitation. Using a popular website that is familiar to students is appealing but instructors are often concerned about allowing students to work in a non-academic online environment.

This session will give participants a behind the scenes view of Wikipedia and discuss ways Wikipedia can be used to teach lifelong skills such as critical thinking, research and digital literacy skills. Wikipedia provides a platform for students to learn about the research process and become more fluent with working in an online environment. The presenters will provide examples of possible assignments and include some best practices for using Wikipedia in the classroom.


Keywords: communities, digital citizenship, new literacies


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