Your Homework: Make Wikipedia Better

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Chris Jensen teaches Religious Studies 110 at the University of Saskatchewan. And this year, the class project was to make Wikipedia better.

Specifically, Chris's students worked together in small groups to research, edit and improve the quality of "Wikipedia articles that were either overly brief or lacking in credible information, with the aim of increasing the quality of Wikipedia's coverage of East Asian religions." Once the improved articles were completed and graded, Chris added the articles back into Wikipedia (under the username Usask_RelSt110).

This is all part of a larger trend of schools and universities integrating Wikipedia into their curricula.

Last week, Nora interviewed Chris about the assignment, and how academics can use and contribute to Wikipedia. A shorter version of the interview will air on an upcoming episode of Spark, but in the meantime, you can download the MP3.

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