Proposal talk:Wiki-assisted University and School

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Universities giving out assignments to students to do research and then to lay down the results in a newly-written Wikipedia-page is happening more and more. Basically it is a very good idea, but it does entail more work for the University-teachers than one would think. - Brya 18:01, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

Impact on end users

Some proposals will have massive impact on end-users, including non-editors. Some will have minimal impact. What will be the impact of this proposal on our end-users? -- Philippe 00:18, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

The end-users are not the editors, obviusly there is more "readers" than editors. If we can do better articles in this way, that will have a massive impact on end-users.--Henry Knight 17:49, 22 September 2009 (UTC)


I don't know whether this is the best place to bring this up but here we go...

  • A key problem for Wikipedia is the assumption that it is all made up or not verifiable.
  • UK Universities in the 1st year often run a compulsory module about citations and referencing.

Could we not persuade University courses to "Adopt" articles that are relevant to their area of study, and improve the citations and references, with students submitting their edit history as coursework?--Alchemist Jack 15:21, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

Two ideas

The proposal combines two ideas:

  • Allowing schools to use Wikiversity, which isn't new - they can already do that.
  • Offering wiki use to schools. I do think this aspect might deserve more attention. (See also: meta:Talk:Wikikids#School district wikis). --Fasten 18:16, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

I don't see a compelling reason to combine both aspects into a single goal. It has already been pointed out that lecturers might not approve of the service and the amount of material submitted by authors without any intention to maintain the material in any way might cause a problem. Wikipedia articles are continually refined, which wouldn't happen here. --Fasten 18:16, 9 October 2009 (UTC)