Where is the truth?

In a recent Washington Post article, Hesse addresses the question – What happens to the concepts of truth and knowledge in a user-generated world of information saturation?  The article examines the interesting ways students go about doing research and, more often than not, select resources based on their beliefs or opinions rather than facts. To review the article, click here.  What are your thoughts on issues addressed in this article?  Feel free to post your comments our our blog. 

More views on students’ use of Wikipedia

A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article notes one professor’s use of Wikipedia in the classroom and includes readers’ comments.  To read University of Texas professor, David Parry’s article on Wikipedia and the New Curriculum, click here.  Post your comments to let us know what you think about Wikipedia use in the classroom.

Google – White Bread for the Mind?

In a recent Times Online article, Tara Brabazon, a professor at the University of Brighton, calls Google “white bread for the mind.”  Brabazon “believes that easy access to information has dulled students’ sense of curiosity and is stifling debate. She claims that many undergraduates arrive at university unable to discriminate between anecdotal and unsubstantiated material posted on the internet.”  Brabazon also states, “We need to teach our students the interpretative skills first before we teach them the technological skills. Students must be trained to be dynamic and critical thinkers rather than drifting to the first site returned through Google.”  Brabazon’s students are banned from using Wikipedia or Google for research in their Freshman year. 

Magnus Linklater, a columnist for The Times, provides a counter argument in a Times Online article, accusing Brabazon of snobbery as he states “Curiosity, it seems, can only be stimulated by trawling library shelves or by shelling out substantial amounts of money.”

Who’s argument do you agree with?  Please post your comments and let us know what you think. 

A Dual: Yahoo!Answers vs Wikipedia

Online journal Slate Magazine recently posted an article discussing these two top open forum “reference” sites. Yahoo!Answers is described as “every middle-school teacher’s worst nightmare on the Web” but still remains “the juggernaut in its field.” Why? How does Wikipedia stack up in comparison?

Read this article from Slate Magazine. What do you think?

Wikipedia – Quality or Quantity?

As noted in a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Quality, not quantity, has become Priority No. 1” for Wikipedia.  Which direction do you think Wikipedia should take?