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Students assessed with Wikipedia RRS feed

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  • Students at a UK university are working on the Wikipedia online encyclopedia as part of their degree course.
    Dr Pratt says Wikipedia can help develop critical thinking skills

    Postgraduates at the University of East Anglia are being assessed as they edit existing Wikipedia articles and research and write their own pieces.

    Wikipedia uses a collaborative form of editing and authorship for its reference material.

    Politics lecturer, Nicola Pratt, says using Wikipedia can develop students' research skills.

    The Wikipedia website has divided academics - with a United States university recently banning its history students from using it, because of fears that they would reproduce material without checking its accuracy.

    And on Tuesday, one of Wikipedia's US editors was revealed to have faked his academic background.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4:39 PM

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  • Students working with encyclopedia itself is a proof of the research-work they are putting into. The text books they refer also are followed blindly all over the world without anyone trying to verify their details, so when the same matter is available handy on the net, why should the students be expected to verify the details through books? Wikipedia is as authentic as our text books in case of subject matter and is being accepted world-wide because its the computer age now. We need to get out of our books and should use computers to our advantage.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:02 PM

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  • so r the editing done by everyone assessed by them or only those of UK students are monitored...
    Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:10 PM
  • Though their are concerns, but ultimately wikipedia provides some information about different topics.

    May be it's not accurate but it's always better to have something then nothing and there always has a chance to improve the knowledge on facts.

    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:48 AM
  • the reason y its not accurate is that, all the information in it are provided by users...so we cant expect info accuracy up to 100% always...
    Friday, March 9, 2007 3:09 PM
  • Students working with encyclopedia itself is a proof of the research-work they are putting into. The text books they refer also are followed blindly all over the world without anyone trying to verify their details, so when the same matter is available handy on the net, why should the students be expected to verify the details through books? Wikipedia is as authentic as our text books in case of subject matter and is being accepted world-wide because its the computer age now. We need to get out of our books and should use computers to our advantage.
    Friday, March 9, 2007 4:02 PM
  • i think Wikipedia is one of great encyclopedia....since it made fully by the users,it will be the most powerful tool in the net...
    Friday, March 9, 2007 6:18 PM
  • ya its true that it can develop in to a great site...but the users should not misuse it and provide false informations to other users...
    Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:29 AM
  • we student can also register in wikipedia its free even i have registered
    Saturday, March 10, 2007 10:28 AM