Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wikipedia editing assignment

At last weekend's Edelman Digital Bootcamp, I presented several assignments that educators can use to integrate social media into PR classes. Here's one:

Wikipedia editing assignment

Objectives: Get students to experiment with using a wiki; encourage discussion about the credibility of the information and what it means to have ordinary people generating media content. This assignment was created for a PR writing course.


Grading criteria
Substantial edit made or proposal submitted
Verifiable references provided

Background on Wikipedia for public relations students

Resources for lecture/discussion

Wikis in Plain English (Common Craft video)
Wikipedia Policies and Guidelines
Wikipedia Help: watchlists

My downloadable slideshow from class-- I deleted the section on forums so that the Slideshare version concentrates on wikis.

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