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Activity Number: 291 - Communicating Statistical Concepts in the Classroom, to the Public, and Beyond
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #309223
Title: How (Not) to Bring Wikipedia into the Classroom
Author(s): Amelia McNamara*
Companies: University of St Thomas
Keywords: Wikipedia; communication

Wikipedia presents a unique opportunity to communicate to the public. Wikipedia is “intended to be the largest, most comprehensive, and most widely-available encyclopedia ever written.” Among that comprehensive coverage are articles about statistical topics and statisticians. However, Wikipedia is written and edited by volunteers, so it needs continual participation to grow and improve. Articles must meet standards of writing and evidence, so working on Wikipedia can give students an authentic experience of getting their work vetted by an outside source.

In this session, I will describe my experience integrating Wikipedia assignments into my classroom. While I believe writing and editing Wikipedia articles can be beneficial to students, my initial experience included many issues, both technical and sociological. When I implemented a Wikipedia assignment for the second time, it went much more smoothly. Based on this experience, I will present what I believe to be best practices for using Wikipedia in the classroom.

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