I alerted the students in my Western Civ course to the decision by the folks at Middlebury College to ban Wikipedia from being cited in essays. Here’s what some of my students had to say in response.
Professor Kelly, I think it’s great that you’re using Wikipedia as your Western Civ “textbook”. And for whatever it’s worth, from the perspective of a PhD student at one of those many other university who don’t focus on teaching except as an extra-curricular activity, I absolutely agree with your take on the “bad habits” about which CC leaders complain.
I promised some time ago to let you know how my own Wikipedia assignments went:
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@TheEconomist Romania? Bulgaria? Baltics?
We're recording @digitalcampus today and discussing rights and fair use. Here's an idea: keep copyright of your work. pic.twitter.com/j3luoBP1kR
The other side of this issue is finding incentives for departments and faculty to scale up SA. Our current model fails this test.
We decided getting students abroad was a good trade off for the reduced number of credits.
Funding can be indirect as well. We set up an MA in Global Affairs with required SA, so made it 30 credits to help students manage the cost.
@magpie Agreed. But I think it's both simultaneously. Has to be curricular, not academic tourism. But also requires student funding.
It seems to me that the only way to scale up study abroad is to imbed it in the curriculum. And, of course, ramp up scholarships.
In a big group trying out ideas that might make it possible for Mason to increase out study abroad numbers from 4% in the next few years.
@jonbecker That bar went from insanely loud to morgue in, oh, 3 seconds.
@jonbecker @marchmadness I was watching that game in a bar in Lexington, KY. You've never seen a bar empty so fast.
@davelester @ApacheAurora Me!
RT @tjowens: "Can we identify poetic content more than 8 million pages of historic newspapers " so cool! flip.it/nNg9u
@jonbecker One thing we know about the college football playoff: neither of our teams will be in the top four. It's time for basketball!
For the last five minutes, The World Series has been frozen thus. #thanksobama pic.twitter.com/lLLXxgOfd0
How will future historians make sense of digital-era subcultures? This story highlights some of the challenges: m.cjr.org/303546/show/4d…?