Christine Whittington, Jennie Hunt, and Michael Sistrom from Greensboro College Paula Patch from Elon University Amy Harris and Scott Rice from UNCG
Whole thing kicked off by Christine Whittington with really interested scenarios involving students’ use of free online resources in their research (like Wikipedia for really current topics, YouTube as a source, citing from Google Scholar, etc.)
Old saying, “You get what you pay for.” But things have changed.
Found smaller universities/college find the exciting free materials (because they have to be more creative due to budget constraints)
Mentioned read/write culture and the rise of the need to teach people to be critical. Yay!
From Jennie Hunt
Discussion of group projects, how one person often does a lot of work and the rest can slack off
Google Notebook assignment: basically creating a private wiki
Shares them with specific accounts (other group members, instructor, etc)
Individually add content (source, annotation, etc.) and have them add their own name to the note they added
Finishes class with presentation of notebooks
5-10 minute presentation each, must justify cites in presentation.
There is no history associated with Notebook (as there is with Google Docs or a wiki)
From Paula Patch, english instructor
Defined wiki, Wikipedia, discussed pros and cons
Drew parallel between Wikipedia and class: Our goal is that people take risks and talk in class, and learn when it’s pointed out they’re incorrect… Wikipedia does that, too
Banning and saying “no” isn’t transformative teaching. They’re not going to stop doing it… they’re just not going to tell you. Leaves teachers not trusting students, cutting and pasting text into Google to see if they copied it.
Meet them where they are! (Hint: they’re not on scholarly sites, they’re on Google and Wikipedia)
Wikipedia assignments to show students the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia
Assessing a Wikipedia entry (first major assignment in her class)
Moves to unfamiliar (library related research) later in semester
For the first Wikipedia assessment assignment: has them read Wikipedia entry and criticism of Wikipedia entry