ERIC Number: EJ798927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
We Can't Ignore the Influence of Digital Technologies
Davidson, Cathy N.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n1 p15-18 Sep 2007
Wikipedia is not just an encyclopedia. It is a knowledge community, uniting anonymous readers all over the world who edit and correct grammar, style, interpretations, and facts. It is a community devoted to a common good--the life of the intellect. In this article, the author shares her views in the banning of Wikipedia. She discusses the Middlebury College's decision on not citing Wikipedia as a source in papers or examinations and urges readers to take this issue as an opportunity to engage students--and the country--in a substantive discussion of how one learns today, of how one makes arguments from evidence, of how one extrapolates from discrete facts to theories and interpretations, and on what basis. The continuing evolution of new ways of sharing ideas and information requires that the academy continue to evolve as well in its understanding of how these technologies fit into the conception of scholarly discourse.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Computer Uses in Education, Internet, Web Sites, Encyclopedias, College Students, Information Literacy
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Education Level: Higher Education
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