Students Writing Instead of Reading Wikipedia

Cathy Gabor
University of San Francisco

For the past three semesters in an upper-division seminar entitled Rhetoric 295: Writing in Electronic Environments, the students have done an eight-week project editing Wikipedia entries based on extensive academic research. The students work in groups, using university library resources, guidance from the professor and TA, and tips from the non-profit organization WikiEdu. They write individually and collectively in a sandbox, the Wikipedia Talk Pages, and the Wikipedia entries. The project culminates in an on-campus presentation in which students show their work and reflect upon authorship in the digital spaces of the early 21st century.

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