Collaboration between the Instructor, Librarian, and TA
Students will learn about digital information literacy through Wikipedia-related assignments. Librarians usually have a role in teaching the relevant content. It is recommended that you contact your subject or instruction librarian at least two or three weeks before the course begins.
In the case of the PAAS 302 course, the librarian worked with the instructor from the curriculum design stage to create the weekly schedule, in which they selected the core Wikipedia training materials, in-class exercises, readings, assignments, and library resources, and scheduled two workshops taught by the librarian.
If there is a TA position to support the course instruction, the instructor might consider talking about the Wikipedia element of the course in the first meeting and recommending that the TA go through selected Wikipedia training modules from the Dashboard and meet with the librarian to learn about library resources and other relevant content so that the TA can provide sufficient technical support to the students. The TA's involvement at the beginning will greatly reduce the instructor's burden of answering students' questions about editing, evaluating, and citing Wikipedia materials. The experience is also valuable for training the TA to be an effective researcher in the future.
According to feedback from PAAS 302, students felt that the support provided was sufficient. Students gave positive feedback about the instructor's help, the librarian's workshops, and the TA's technical help, and suggested that they would prefer to have face-to-face support, such as a Q&A session, when working on the final paper.