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Wikipedia in the Classroom

2010-03-19

A recent survey by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations of about 2,000 Canadian professors reveals many believe first-year students are less mature and rely extensively on Wikipedia to obtain information, and “expect success without the requisite effort.” More than 55% of those surveyed believed students are less prepared for university than even three years ago.
Professor Sidney Eve Matrix can speak to the issues of millennials and social media use from a slightly different perspective, one that considers the responsibilities of faculty to promote digital literacy; the generational divides that exist where wikis, social networking and other Web 2.0 tools are concerned; and the benefits to teachers and students alike, when collaborative popular media resources such as Wikipedia are incorporated into the curriculum.
Professor Sidney Eve Matrix, Film and MediaEmail: matrixs@queensu.caProfessor Matrix is a Queen's National Scholar in the Department of Film and Media. Her research areas include mass media and popular culture, new media theory and cyberculture studies.http://www.film.queensu.ca/Sidney.html
To arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca or Stephanie Earp at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 stephanie.earp@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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