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  1. Jun 2022
    1. Spreading the Word. Communicating about the concept by highlighting the work of institutions that have established zero-textbook-cost degrees has great potential to attract mainstream media and create an atmosphere of excitement around the idea.

      The library is a great channel for spreading the word. Through the library we can engage with both teachers and learners and can help get them excited over the idea. There are great potential benefits to both sides, as teachers can actually tailor the material to their own contexts and learning goals. And the benefits for students of course is the affordability and access to the resources meaning there is no discrepancy between students who are financially comfortable from those who struggle to afford the basic resource requirement of courses they are enrolled in. it should be a requirement, of public institutions in particular, to make at least the core course work available to the students enrolled.

    1. Wikipedia article writing is not yet a mainstream coursework assignment in colleges. It is high time to make that happen. In 2019 Wikipedia turned 18, so maybe academics should start treating it as an adult.

      Academia needs to accept Wikipedia for the tool it is, and the nature of wiki writing needs to be taught to university students.

    1. Wikipedia's entries are comparable in quality to those in prestigious encyclopedias such as Britannica. However, it is difficult to measure the consistency of information that can be altered at any time.

      Encyclopaedias regular require updates where as Wikipedia is regularly updated. Crowdsourcing knowledge is beneficial when it is received and utilised with a careful critical perspective.

    1. Traditional academic articles – the most common source of scientific evidence – are typically only peer-reviewed by up to three people and then never edited again.

      This points to an interesting benefit of wiki's which is that an article is alive and can update its 'facts' as aspects may change. This is a leg up on traditional academic publishing which is only discounted by newer publications, and even if newer info is released the old information is still accorded academic reliability due to the reputation of the publication or journal it was published. Outdated, incorrect information cited from respected sources may do more damage than a wikipedia article which should always be viewed with acritical eye.

    1. The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely on Wikipedia published by finding Dulcinea.

      This resource is no longer available, or it requires authorisation or link is broken.

    1. Armed with these skills, students, like scientists, can mine Wikipedia for accurate and credible information without falling for fake news.

      This is not so much a comment on Wikipedia but rather any information resource found online, if one is equipped with the skills to evaluate the quality and reliability of a resource then the spaces where one can search for and find useable resources is broadened considerably.

    1. its contributors can chose which area they want to write about, which, in theory, means they only produce content where they are most qualified to do so

      according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia 77% of articles are written by 1% of writers, this would suggest that content is not created by those most qualified to do so but rather those most inclined to do so. It feels like an article goes up as a work in progress and then it relies on public engagement to correct and update.

    1. Wikipedia carries the general disclaimer that it can be "edited by anyone at any time" and maintains an inclusion threshold of "verifiability, not truth". This editing model is highly concentrated, as 77% of all articles are written by 1% of its editors, a majority of whom have chosen to remain anonymous.[1][2]

      This points to the problem of a large amount of work being attributed to a small amount of anonymous people. This would suggest that even if the facts are straight there is bound to be an amount of subjectivity meaning that the majority of articles are written with a similar worldview in mind. It may not effect the accuracy of work but it may affect was is and is not included in what is considered a comprehensive account on any given subject

    1. LIDA101 I have not used a checklist like this before to assess my material but this is a great resource for others. With the wilful spread of disinformation occurring at the moment knowing how to assess information is more critical than ever before. If we can teach people this then we wont have so many problems with people believing news like this https://www.theonion.com/

  2. May 2022
  3. www.literacyworldwide.org www.literacyworldwide.org
    1. LiDA101 This page provides a great explanation of how the semantic differences of skills, and literacy and proficiency are experience in real life and why it is important to acknowledge the difference when it comes to teaching and learning goals and outcomes.