The Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative: Exploring the Potential Benefits of Using Wikipedia in the University Classroom as a Tool for Innovative E-Pedagogy

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Jonathan A. Obar

York University; Quello Center - Michigan State University

Amy Roth

Wikimedia Foundation

Date Written: August 29, 2011

Abstract

The Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative was a successful e-learning pilot project that promoted collaboration between policy classes at U.S. universities and the Wikipedia online social network. Incentives for participation included new media literacy development, collaborative learning and engagement in a growing wiki-culture. The expanded Global Education Program now will connect the initiative to classes in Brazil, Canada and India.

Keywords: Wikipedia, e-learning, e-pedagogy, new media literacy, new media studies

Suggested Citation

Obar, Jonathan A. and Roth, Amy, The Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative: Exploring the Potential Benefits of Using Wikipedia in the University Classroom as a Tool for Innovative E-Pedagogy (August 29, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923888

Jonathan A. Obar (Contact Author)

York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Quello Center - Michigan State University ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Amy Roth

Wikimedia Foundation ( email )

149 New Montgomery Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
United States

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