Submissions:2021/Teaching Engineering Writing and Ethics with the Wikipedia Writing Assignment

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Teaching Engineering Writing and Ethics with the Wikipedia Writing Assignment


Global & Local, Depth & Breadth for Newer Editors

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According the Wiki Education Foundation ("Foundation"), it has been supporting university instructors with Wikipedia writing assignments for over ten years. In that time, the Foundation's Wikipedia Student Program has supported over 4,000 courses and over 83,000 students who have edited almost 100,000 articles and added over 71 million words to Wikipedia.

Engineering students at the University of Southern California ("USC") have participated in the Foundation's Wikipedia Student Program through their upper-division writing courses since the spring semester of 2019. This presentation will describe the learning outcomes of course and their alignment with Wikipedia writing, assignment design and assessment, and student feedback about the Wikipedia writing experience at USC. The presentation will also include discussions about Wikipedia writing's resonance with students' understandings of digital citizenship and applied engineering ethics.

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Author name:

Helen Choi

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Affiliated organization(s):

University of Southern California

Estimated time:

15-20 minutes

Special requests:

I would like to request Saturday or Sunday (as I teach on Fridays).

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Yes - at the Creative Commons Summit on September 20, 2021

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)