Saturday 10th November, 2012
11:00am to 11:45am
Can students improve their study skills and expand their knowledge of human parasites by writing articles in the Swedish Wikipedia? The Linnaeus University offers courses in interface between Ecology and Human health for undergraduate students in Biology and Health Science. In these courses, we use publishing in Wikipedia as a part of the examination. But to get there, the students have to demonstrate their ability to search, compile and present scientific knowledge of human parasites, their taxonomy, ecology, life history traits and disease effects. Supervisors help the students to find and select relevant information from published scientific sources. PhD-students, lecturers and professors are involved as supervisors according to their area of interest. Further, the courses includes learning about Wikipedia, the principles for how to edit and use the wiki code. A subject librarian help the students with usage of the University Library resources and provide basic instructions for scientific writing, including how to make citations and write reference lists. The objective is to train the students to revise or write new Wikipedia articles in a way that makes it easy for non-experts to understand scientific information. The student are required to find and use at least three highly relevant scientific review- or original papers. The examination includes an oral presentation of the parasite, the contribution in Wikipedia and how this was received by the Wiki community.
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