Embracing Wikipedia in the Classroom

You know you use it. Whether it is on the regular or in a moment of weakness, Wikipedia is there for us inside and outside of the classroom. For some students, it is there for them in the middle of class. This tutorial will show students, and teachers, how to properly use Wikipedia for scholarly research.

I spent the first couple of years trying to instill fear into the hearts of my students about using Wikipedia, while trying to justify my use of it because, well, I know how to use it. Heads up to new teachers-students can smell B.S. from across the room (across campus, actually). Instead of the, super effective, “do as I say not as I do” method, I now make it a point to teach them how to use it too. They are going to do it anyway. I found this great tutorial created by the Cooperative Library Instruction Project. What’s the saying? If you can’t beat em’ at least show them how to do it the right way…