Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Redefining Research - InfoGraphic

Is Wikipedia becoming the most popular website for students to find out information?

This InfoGraphic uses crisp images and text that are infromative and to the point.

It certainly presents a strong case for how students are moving from paper to technology in a quest to seek out information. As the graphic suggests, more and more educators are beginning to recognise Wikipedia as a reputable source of 'facts'.

Personally I'm sad to read the Encyclopedia Britannica is going out of print. However, it does seem that Wikipedia are making the right developments to make their site more reliable, accurate and quotable (Academically).

Only time will tell as to how educators will react to these developments. It certainly seems that the days of researching in the Library are becoming less popular. Virtual libraries in students' living rooms are understandably far more popular.

Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.


1 comment:

  1. really interesting! I delivered a session on the DTE(E)LLS course last week on digital literacy and it got me starting to think more about wikipedia, in terms of it's showing in Google, the accuracy of information and acceptance as an academically sound referencing tool.
    Since then (a week is such a short time!) it seems to be popping up as discussions all over my PLN. I would normally steer clear of wikipedia personally, and recommend the same to my trainees, but I am certainly open to being challenged on this. For example last week in class the trainees compared their own definitions of digital literacy to those reported on the wikipedia page.
    If a first step is to read wikipedia, what would it take for me to be one of the few women to edit an entry?


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