This ambivalence provided the starting point for a university teaching project conducted at the Department for the Study of Religions at the University of Zurich. The aim of the course was that the students should actively experience the mechanisms of Wikipedia rather than only discuss advantages and disadvantages on a theoretical level. Aiming to use Wikipedia as a didactic tool and platform, the focal point was that the students should actually write Wikipedia articles, change existing articles, and engage with their fellow students as well as the wider Wikipedia community.
By Wikimedia CH, UZH
Wikipedia as a tool for university teaching
An alternative way of teaching
In the academic world, the use of Wikipedia is still considered a taboo; however, the impact of the online encyclopaedia, even on academia, cannot be neglected.