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Title:Using Wikipedia to Teach Audience, Genre and Collaboration
Author(s):Bilansky, Alan
Subject(s):Wikipedia
informatics
audience
editing
collaboration
writing instruction
genre
standards
Abstract:This essay describes a sequence of assignments to guide students though an informed effort at making contributions to Wikipedia that persist, and suggests ways this set of exercises in social informatics may also serve a number of common goals in a variety of writing, literature, and other courses: analyzing and writing for explicit editorial guidelines (“standards” in information science; “house style” in editorial practice); understanding, conforming to, and even negotiating conventions of genres and subgenres; collaborating online; writing for an audience that is not only real but talks back; and developing deep understanding of revision and the writing, editorial, and publication processes. Students first learn Wikipedia policies and practices and analyze the historical development of articles before they make contributions. The pedagogical opportunities arguably outweigh the concerns of those who doubt the credibility of an open-authored encyclopedia.
Issue Date:2016-03
Publisher:Duke University Press
Citation Info:Alan Bilansky. “Using Wikipedia to Teach Audience, Genre and Collaboration.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 16.2 (2016). Preprint.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/88338
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-10-09


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