Raising the stakes: writing about witchcraft on Wikipedia

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Raising the stakes: writing about witchcraft on Wikipedia
Authors: Elizabeth Ann Pollard
Citation: The History Teacher 42 (1): 9-24. 2008 November
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Raising the stakes: writing about witchcraft on Wikipedia describes teaching a course on history where students "created new Wikipedia entries on witchcraft and magic accusations from the Greco-Roman period through Colonial America".

Pollard found vandalism to be a minor problem and a case where a student realized that is contribution was questioned and he had to respond to the critique. Pollard also found that students' efforts in learning the wiki technology were higher than anticipated.

The most significant benefit may have been the research skill gained.

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