Wikipedia: the difference between information acquisition and learning knowledge

J. Evans Ochola, Dorothy M. Persson, Lisa A. Schumacher, Mitchell D. Lingo

Abstract


This paper attempts to define Wikipedia in an information literacy context by providing an analysis of learning knowledge and Wikipedia’s structure. The distribution of learning in the digital information age is a core topic for scholarly communication. It is highly relevant to students, citizens and instructors in their roles as users of content and as creators of content. Even though it appears to be far removed from traditional publishing in the print world, many students, citizens and instructors use digital information tools to share aspects of their works in a way that is defined as publishing. Understanding the difference between information acquisition and learning knowledge are essential in educational settings.


Keywords


Information acquisition; learning knowledge; Wikipedia; credibility and technology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i12.4875



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