Faculty Candidate Talk with Andrea Forte
All are welcome to come to hear faculty candidate Andrea Forte speak from noon-1 p.m. Monday, February 16 in the Ehrlicher Room, 411 West Hall. A light lunch will be provided, beginning at 11:45 a.m. Faculty and staff at SI North are invited to watch the videocast from the Atkins Room. Andrea will speak on “Learning in Public: Information Literacy and New Social Media in Schools.” Andrea is a doctoral candidate in human-centered computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. She holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and has published in the areas of learning sciences, computer science education, computer-supported cooperative work, and online communities.
In this talk, Andrea will explore knowledge-related practice on wikis and present findings from four years of empirical research on learning with wikis in both formal and informal learning contexts. In addition to her work on Wikipedia, she has conducted iterative cycles of design and research in high school science classes where she examined how writing on a public wiki brings about opportunities for reflection and learning. She suggests that user-generated content represents not only new forms of information that consumers must learn to evaluate, but also creates unique learning opportunities as young people engage more actively in the cycle of public information production and consumption.
Specifically, she asks whether Wikipedia is a learning environment. In 2001, Wikipedia was launched on the premise that everyone on the Internet working together could assemble an encyclopedia of all human knowledge. In order to manage article production, Wikipedians engage in conversations about how they know what they know, how well accepted different theories and ideas are, what constitutes a reliable information source, and how an article should be written to educate readers. From an information literacy perspective, this is precisely the kind of reflective discussion that is desired in schools.
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