Dr. Amin Azzam, Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, reports on a 4th year elective where students improve the reliability of publicly-available medical information by editing medical articles on Wikipedia. Students found it difficult to edit in real-time, but enjoyed contributing to Wikipedia. The forty-three articles edited were viewed over 1 million times during the course of the study, and none of the edits made by the first twenty-eight students have been reversed. Dr. Azzam also introduces the Wiki Edu Foundation that facilitates the use of editing Wikipedia as a course assignment and describes some of the advantages of the method.
Editing Wikipedia for Medical School Course Credit: You Can Too! | Dr. Amin Azzam
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