Learn about Wikipedia in a self-paced, online class over four weeks. It consists of 4 online modules which include activities such as discussion forums, readings and tutorials where you will gain insight into the value of Wikipedia as a viable reference and build the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate articles on Wikipedia for yourself or your patrons, with a specific focus on health and medical topics. For public and academic librarians and other information workers with an interest in improving the quality of health information on Wikipedia.
As a result of participating, you will be able to
- Understand the history, organization, guidelines, and editorial processes of Wikipedia, and apply this knowledge to library work
- Confidently evaluate the reliability of health and medical articles found in Wikipedia
- Identify the reliable sources guidelines and article standards for health-related content
- Edit citations and know where to go for editing help outside the boundaries of the course
- Engage and empower your community members to build information literacy skills and to access authoritative information on health-related topics
8 hours over four weeks.