ATG Article of the Week: Some Colleges Cautiously Embrace Wikipedia

by | Jul 27, 2018 | 0 comments

According to Some Colleges Cautiously Embrace Wikipedia  by Megan Zahneis, recently posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education website, “LiAnna Davis remembers when people didn’t want to talk to her at academic conferences:

“I had this woman one time who held her folder up over her head and was like, ‘Don’t let my department chair see me talking to you guys, but I’m so glad you’re here.’”

Davis works for Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that was once considered anathema to the academic mission. She’s director of programs for its higher-education-focused nonprofit arm, Wiki Education.

Academics have traditionally distrusted Wikipedia, citing the inaccuracies that arise from its communally edited design and lamenting students’ tendency to sometimes plagiarize assignments from it.

Now, Davis said, higher education and Wikipedia don’t seem like such strange bedfellows. At conferences these days, “everyone’s like, ‘Oh, Wikipedia, of course you guys are here.”

“I think it’s a recognition that Wikipedia is embedded within the fabric of learning now,” she said.

One initiative Davis oversees at Wiki Education aims to forge stronger bonds between Wikipedia and higher education. The Visiting Scholars program, which began in 2015, pairs academics at colleges with experienced Wikipedia editors…”

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