Students Learning (and Teaching) the Universe through Wiki-style Pages

Resource Title:
Students Learning (and Teaching) the Universe through Wiki-style Pages
Technology Type:
Online Writing and Discussion
Technology Tool:
Pedagogical Goal:
Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
Course Type:
Academic Area:
Arts and Humanities
History and Near Eastern Studies
Faculty Name:
Douglas Northrup

As a way to encourage students to integrate information from a variety of sources, students in one of Douglas Northrup's (LSA's history and Near Eastern studies department) courses create a set of wiki-style pages as the primary, semester-long assignment. Students collaborate to construct, revise, peer-review, and then interlink web modules that are hosted on the Exhibit Museum of Natural History's webpage.

Each group’s module aims to teach an unspecified public audience online how their discipline “works”, including:
  • how it approaches evidence
  • what kinds of sources it uses
  • what questions it asks
  • what is at stake in the answers