Of particular note, the article covers my reflections on the way working on Wikipedia changes students relationship to power, forces/inspires them to do real research, inspires them to work for the greater good, and curtails/moderates plagiarism.
I will be trying a shorter version of the assignment with the Core 2 seminar in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the Grad Center. More on that as it develops.
In the Core 2 version i’m going to have them work in groups and take the blog posts from the Core 1 readings, and ask them to extract the factual summary from the opinion and provocations, and rework them into WP articles. e.g.:
How did you did assessment? I tried a Wikipedia assignment once a few years ago, and part of the problem I ran into was tracking what the students had done, considering I had them editing and expanding pre-existing (and usually anemic) articles on Wikipedia. And I also had to deal with some students edits getting reverted by other editors.
Michael — just wanted to chime in belatedly to agree with everyone else: congrats on this coverage of your work and thank you for setting out a great example for others to follow. I’m looking forward to using a wikipedia assignment with one of my classes this term, and I’ll be thinking through your use of the site as I do so.
If you do a Wikipedia assignment, I encourage you to reach out to one of the education program folks to get a Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors to work with your class. It helps to have someone who can guide you in constructing your assignment, lead workshops for your students in WP basics, and be available to intervene if an edit war starts (which seems to happen frequently).