Wikipedia as a platform for impactful learning: A new course model in higher education

Shani Evenstein Sigalov*, Rafi Nachmias

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In January 2014, 62 students graduated from the first for-credit course dedicated to Wikipedia. Learning focused on improved consumption of information, and collaborative construction of knowledge using the Wikipedia platform. This paper investigates the design and implementation of this course model, while highlighting the benefits and challenges to students & faculty. In addition to 128 medical articles in Hebrew Wikipedia, already viewed over 1.4 million times, students reported a unique learning experience that sharpened their collaborative skills as well as academic skills. This paper also presents the findings of a related study that focused on students’ learning experience, long-term impact and productive teaching practices. The study results helped fine-tune the pedagogical and administrative aspects of the course, influencing both teaching practices and the learning experience. Finally, the course is discussed in a wider educational perspective, presenting insights regarding reuse of the model, scaling possibilities and suggestions for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2959-2979
Number of pages21
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Literacies
  • Wikipedia in higher education

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