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PAAS 302/501 Literary and Cultural Theory in Pacific and Asian Languages

This course guide includes useful library sources, guides, and the tutorials on Wikipedia editing to support the students' learning in PAAS302/501.

First time editing Wikipedia?

This guide will help you to learn the basics of Wikipedia editing. It provides you with necessary information to understand Wikipedia and its goals better and explains the main steps of Wikipedia editing from creating an account to editing existing entries and creating new entries.

Five pillars of Wikipedia

1) Wikipedia is an encyclopedia

2) Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view

3) Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute

4) Editors should treat each other with respect and civility

5) Wikipedia has no firm rules

What are the benefits of Wikipedia editing?

If you are wondering why Wikipedia editing is included to the course, the benefits of contributing to Wikipedia may be bigger than you think. There are  several skills that students can obtain from contributing to Wikipedia as a course assignment. According to an article from Wiki Education, "Wikipedia-based assignments enhance students’ digital literacy and critical research skills, foster their ability to write for a public audience, promote collaboration, and motivate them more than traditional assignments. Students also gain a valuable understanding and appreciation for a source of information they use every day: Wikipedia."

To learn more please check the full version of the article "What students learn from contributing to Wikipedia".


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