Asking students to create an entry or edit an existing entry for Wikipedia inspires a mental shift as they begin to think of themselves as authorities or experts to be held accountable for their contributions to a living and constantly tended international conversation, to back up claims with evidence and to call attention to information or individuals that maybe excluded from the canon.
This approach maybe useful for courses with discussion of social justice or marginalized conversations.
Related: read about Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, the approach, logistics and a list of Edit-a-thons that have been held.
Give students supplementary instruction on Evaluating Sources and Understanding Bias (see Source Analysis/Evaluation assignment).
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