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Teaching with Wikipedia?

August 05, 2011 | 0 Minute Read

A discussion with Jim Wales (the co-founder of Wikipedia) about the uses and limits of Wikipedia in academia recently appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

"Wikipedia has recently reached out to colleges to help improve the quality of its entries. The Tech Therapy team talks about the future of the open encyclopedia, and replays its interview with Jimmy Wales, a co-founder of Wikipedia, about ways to use the online encyclopedia in teaching and research. Listen to the recording as an MP3 file, or subscribe to Tech Therapy on iTunes."

Some faculty suggest using Wikipedia as a search tool but not a research tool. Wikipedia is now ubiquitous in education whether or not we believe it has a role in the classroom.