[Air-L] using social media short course

Devayani Tirthali dgt2103 at columbia.edu
Mon Feb 20 12:37:08 PST 2012


Hi Holly,

I recently learned about the WikiMedia education project. Their goal is to
encourage educators to use wikipedia in education to create, edit or
critique existing articles as part of a course. They have list of courses
that used wikipedia for one day copy editing or article critiquing
exercises to a semester length research and write project. The list of
courses is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_United_States_Public_Policy/Courses

More useful is the page on ideas on types of assignments:
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Assignment_Design
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_as_a_Teaching_Tool:_Learning_Objectives_and_Assignments_Types

This can be used to introduce wikis, collaborative writing and copyright
issues, politics of creating knowlege - for example, Wikipedia's idea of
neutral point of view and what it means for the kind of knowledge that is
built this way, what is considered reliable resources etc.

Just a thought.  Not sure if there is a way to do this in an intersession
course.

Devayani



On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM, Holly Kruse <holly.kruse at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm teaching a two-week long intersession short course called "Using
> Social Media" during spring intersession, and I'd love some ideas for
> assignments and topics to cover. It's not an online course. I've
> taught much more theoretical, historical, etc. semester-long courses
> on digital media/CMC, but this class is meant to be quite applied. I'm
> having the students read Nancy Baym's Personal Connections in the
> Internet Age and Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody, and the students
> will write a paper, but I need to fill three hours a day for two
> weeks, so any suggestions are most welcome!
>
> Thanks,
>
> Holly
>
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Devayani Tirthali
Research Associate
Institute for Learning Technologies
Teachers College, Columbia University


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