I just came across an article in Wikipedia which suggests Googling the words "Syllabus 'no wikipedia' ". I tried it and turned up over 4,270 entries. Most of those entries seems to be online syllabi that forbid the use of Wikipedia.
I am not going to try and convince anyone that Wikipedia is the new bible of collective knowledge, but it can be a pretty cool tool for learning. Assignments that incorporate Wikipedia can help students learn the concepts of public scholarship, collaboration, author credibility and of course, some healthy skepticism when it comes to using Wikipedia as a research tool.
Here are some resources that I have compiled if you are considering using Wikipedia in class:
This page talks about Wikipedia's Public Policy Initiative . I blogged about this a few posts below.
Here is a sample of the courses that are being created through the Public Policy Initiative.
And some other examples of assignments, not necessarily policy related.
Wikipedia’s 10 Steps For Using Wikipedia In Your Course.
And some best practices.
And here is Jon Udell's Heavy Metal Umlaut movie that you might consider showing in class. It uses a fun example to explain how collaborative editing works in Wikipedia
The first book of fashion
5 days ago