English 518 Course Blog

April 17, 2007

Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade

Filed under: Uncategorized — natb07 @ 4:51 pm

With an ongoing approach to more technological based instruction, wikipedia will probably soon make the grade.  I think it is already coming up the ladder in some cases.  Students are using wikipedia more and more versus the traditional uses of encyclopedias.  The problem comes about when students are not aware that there are other resources to retrieve information besides wikipedia.  Another problem is the accuracy of information. I think that as long as wikipedia continues to have daily editors and a more strict manner of editing, changing, and adding entries, that the source will have growth in its credibility.  I also believe that more educators should get involved. Educators should not only join in making sure wikipedia entries are accurate; but they should begin teaching students how to research and retrieve information. Students need to learn how to verify sources on their own, they should not solely depend on information provided by wikipedia. I think wikipedia is a good thing, sort of like Dictionary Online. Wikipedia is easy acccess and it beats searching through volumes of encyclopedias. My only concern is its accuracy. I think when we fix that then wikipedia will definitely make the grade.

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2 Comments »

  1. I quite agree with you. Students should depend on themselves not the information provided by the wikipedia but should be taught how to get information and how to do researches.In other words, Wikipedia is a good source as we can easily reach it when it is accurate.

    Comment by tahmina — April 17, 2007 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, wikipedia is really a good source of information: easy access, clear format, relatively complete explaination to the term or topic. We can benefit a lot from it, although its credibility and accuracy are often called into question. However, I do believe that it will become more and more reliable and accurate if more professional educators and academic writers and authority could participate in contributing to it. I also agree that wikipedia will make grade in the future.

    Comment by huihuiwu — April 18, 2007 @ 5:28 am | Reply


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