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Wikipedia in education

Wikipedia in my view does have a place in the scientific world. It is an excellent starting-point when getting acquainted with a subject for example. However it is a very unreliable source. But despite that, or more likely because of that, it is useful to use in teaching information literacy. Librarians can use it when teaching – pointing out it’s strong as well as weak points.

It could even be used directly in University teaching. I’m aware of courses in Sweden where the students are not only encouraged to work with Wikipedia but are mandated to do so – it is part of the examination to go in and create/edit content on Wikipedia on the subject studied. This is of course not something that might work universally – but it is a tool that teacher/librarians could very well make use of.

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