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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Tipo incarico Dottorato
Insegnamento 098573 - SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND WIKIPEDIA
Docente Raos Guido
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Dottorato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento
MI (1300) - SCUOLA DI DOTTORATOAZZZZ098573 - SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND WIKIPEDIA

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

MISSION AND GOALS

The course aims to provide some hands-on training in technical writing and, at the same time, to contribute to the general diffusion of scientific and technical knowledge. These will be achieved by engaging Politecnico’s Ph.D. students in the production of new material (or revision of existing one) for Wikipedia.

MOTIVATION

Since its birth in 2001, Wikipedia has grown enormously in size and importance, so that today it is probably the first and foremost source of information on scientific and technological issues (but also on literature, arts, history, etc.) for the general public. This interdisciplinary course will introduce Politecnico’s Ph.D. students to the history, the workings and general rules of Wikipedia and, most of all, involve them in the production of new material for it. The Ph.D. students will choose what to contribute, depending both on their own background and on Wikipedia’s needs.

Further distinguishing points of the proposed course are:

• It is truly interdisciplinary, as it may be attended by Ph.D.’s from any course and undergraduate background;

• It will teach them in a very practical way about technical writing (the best Wikipedia articles have high standards, in this respect) and social responsibility;

• It will allow them to experience on-line collaboration with other Wikipedia users, possibly exposing them also to criticism;

• By focusing on Wikipedia’s content in their own field of expertise, the students will be stimulated to adopt a critical attitude towards what is written in it.

PLAN AND TOPICS OF THE LECTURES AND MEETINGS

1. Wikipedia: history, aims and structure (2 h).

2. How to contribute to Wikipedia: Expand short articles, Improve lead sections, Translate and clean up, Article development and content protocol,.... (4 h).

3. Selection of topics, design, writing and editing of new contributions (activities coordinated by the lecturers in the form of workshops) (22 h)

4. Final presentations, discussion (8 h).

LANGUAGE AND INSTRUCTORS

The introductory lectures will be in English and will be delivered by Andrew Mabbett, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and accredited trainer by Wikimedia-UK.

Other lecturers, including the coordinator and volunteers from the Italian Wikipedia community, will provide assistance and contribute through discussion to the preparation/editing of the Wikipedia pages.

The Ph.D. students will be free to contribute to both the Italian and the English versions of Wikipedia.


Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The students' final score will be based on their contributions to Wikipedia.

These will be judged both for their contents (correctness, depth, organization, etc.: each article will be examined by a competent professor of the Politecnico) and for their adherence to Wikipedia's rules (neutral point of view, formatting, etc.: these will be judged by the Wikipedians participating in the course).


Intervallo di svolgimento dell'attività didattica
Data inizio
Data termine

Calendario testuale dell'attività didattica

The course will be full-time (about 7 hours/day) over the course of a whole week.

Front lectures will mostly take place on the first two days. The subsequent 3 days will be mostly devoted to editing of Wikipedia articles.

The final discussion and evaluation of the students' contributions to Wikipedia will take place on the last half-day of the course.


Bibliografia
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Education_program
Note:

Wikipedia's own educational material, hosted on Wikipedia


Mix Forme Didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore didattiche
lezione
7.0
esercitazione
22.0
laboratorio informatico
0.0
laboratorio sperimentale
0.0
progetto
6.0
laboratorio di progetto
0.0

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

Note Docente
The course will take place on the Milano-Leonardo campus.
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