***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** ***Apologies for Receipt of Duplicate Postings*** Colleagues/ In a report of a presentation on "Using Wikipedia to Reenvision the Term Paper" by Andreas Brockhau and Martha Groom of University of Washington Bothell, mention is made of many benefits that arise as a result of writing for/in Wikipedia. Among these are the following: Groom*s first attempt at incorporating Wikipedia into a class came in the fall of 2006, when she required her students to make a major revision required her students to make a major revision to an existing article or to create one of their own, with a minimum of 1,500 words, for 60 percent of the grade. The assignment, for her course on environmental history and globalization, encompassed an initial proposal, a first draft, revisions and [internal] peer review ... *The shift to thinking about placing the term paper as a Wikipedia encyclopedia entry allows for another level of peer review,* Groom said. Such entries have references and citations; allow for a process of repeated, continual editing; and encourage collaborations between authors. They also reach a much wider audience, through the Wikipedia site and search engines. *How do you motivate students to do their best work?* she asked - implying that the answer lies in the possibility of others viewing it. The public nature of Wikipedia content also means that, in theory, students would be less likely to reuse others* material as their own. There was another positive effect on her students* work, Groom said: their assignments were generally better written. *[The Wikipedia guidelines] very clearly state that ... the onus is on you, not on them, so you*ll be the one who catches anything if you [post] any copyrighted material,* said Andreas Brockhaus, the manager of learning technologies at the university. [ http://scholarship20.blogspot.com/2008/03/wikis-as-environments-for.html ] Question Of The Day: To What Degree and By What Means Can Wiki-Based Writing Mitigate/Reduce PLAGIARISM in the Writing of Students/Researchers Scholars? [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism ] >>I'm Particularly Interested in Non-Wikipedia Wiki-Writing Environments<<< [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki ] >>I'm Particularly Interested in **Non-Wikipedia** Wiki-Writing Environments<< [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki ] ***PLEASE RESPOND BY COMMENTING ON THIS POSTING*** at [ http://scholarship20.blogspot.com/2008/03/wikis-as-environments-for.html ] >>Citations to Any/All Relevant Would Also Be Most Appreciated<< Thanks! /Gerry Gerry McKiernan Associate Professor Science and Technology Librarian Iowa State University Library Ames IA 50011 [log in to unmask] There is Nothing More Powerful Than An Idea Whose Time Has Come Victor Hugo [ http://www.blogger.com/profile/09093368136660604490 ] Iowa: Where the Tall Corn Flows and the (North)West Wind Blows [ http://alternativeenergyblogs.blogspot.com/ ] _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.