Writing for Wikipedia

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The traditional college assignment is seen by the instructor and nobody else. But having students contribute to Wikipedia gives them the pride of knowing that what they are creating will benefit others who use the information. For this reason I assign my upper-division courses to create a Wikipedia entry on a topic related to the class. It is a meaningful and authentic learning experience that transitions students from student to contributor, which is the next step in their lives beyond graduation.

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