Session Title

Using Wikis to Facilitate Critical Thinking

Session Location

Eberhard Center 617 C

Session Start Date and Time

24-8-2011 1:55 PM

Session End Date and Time

24-8-2011 2:15 PM

Session Abstract

Two journalism courses utilized wikis to engage students in a virtual discussion of how to best report on diverse groups of people. The contents of the wikis were compiled into best practices documents that are available online for use both in classrooms and newsrooms. This session presents a use of media technology that fosters student interaction and growth and provides educators with an outline for how to create similar devices in their own classrooms.

Session Description

This session will discuss the process and outcomes of two journalism courses which used wikis to foster student reflection and discussion. The activity outlined in this session encourages students to engage source material and critically analyze it on a deep level. The collective assembly of a wiki (and ultimately some sort of best practices document) helps students synthesize information from across a variety of sources. Finally, having compiled these practices, students have a tendency to incorporate the best practices in their own work.

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Aug 24th, 1:55 PM Aug 24th, 2:15 PM

Using Wikis to Facilitate Critical Thinking

Eberhard Center 617 C

Two journalism courses utilized wikis to engage students in a virtual discussion of how to best report on diverse groups of people. The contents of the wikis were compiled into best practices documents that are available online for use both in classrooms and newsrooms. This session presents a use of media technology that fosters student interaction and growth and provides educators with an outline for how to create similar devices in their own classrooms.