As part of the Edge's 2017-2018 focus on publishing, this M&M focuses on the role of Wikipedia in student assignments. Specifically, can assignments that encourage students to add to and create entries in Wikipedia help them to develop digital literacy and critical research skills? We’ll examine the following report, which summarizes Wiki Education Foundation-sponsored research into use of Wikipedia in the classroom:
McDowell, Z. (2017). Student learning outcomes using Wikipedia-based assignments: Fall 2016 research report. Wikimedia Commons.
What value does a Wikipedia-based assignment offer that is unique from a more traditional writing assignment? Are there differences in which students most benefit from this kind of structured research and writing? How do instructors perceive the value of such assignments? We’ll consider those questions, as well as other (alternative) sources of information on Wikipedia’s role in developing digital literacy and research skills.