Friday, April 9, 2010

Using Wikipedia to teach source evaluation

This blog post from Inside Higher Ed was written by a history professor who has his students complete an assignment to evaluate the usefulness of Wikipedia as a source. While I think that many assignments based too heavily on Wikipedia fail to get across key concepts that are transferable to research in general, he makes it sound like this assignment does so effectively. Ah, if only all professors would so actively embrace information literacy and seemlessly incorporate source evaluation into existing assignments. I'm bookmarking this for the info-lit-across-the-curriculum pitch I hope to make one day!
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1 comment:

Nan said...

I am guilty of trying to "convince" the students of the value of library databases vs. web searching. While not an excuse, our one-shot sessions don't leave a lot of time for discovery. We need an abbreviated version of this exercise that is indisputable.

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