Wikipedia and Honors Program

Apparently, there was a heated discussion about banning Wikipedia at last week’s meeting of the CCSU Honors Program

Fortunately, someone convinced our director not to follow the Middlebury College history department’s stand against Wikipedia.

Sure, I’m just as annoyed as anyone when students use Wikipedia entries as their major (or worse their only) source for papers — but I’m just as annoyed when they use any encyclopedia. There has been much written about how to use the pros/cons Wiki as an exercise in critical thinking, especially by my colleague RageOSS down the road at Yale. Also worth noting is Christopher Miller’s article in AHA Perspectives. I’ll try some of these out for my First Year class in the fall.

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