What do you get when you combine technology, 11 faculty posters, and wine, cheese, and crackers? At Colgate’s first “Tech on Tap” event, faculty and staff members gathered in a casual atmosphere to discuss the use of technology in the classroom.
Sponsored by Information Technology Services, the University Libraries, and the Dean of the Faculty’s office, the September 18 event at Donovan’s Pub featured posters about faculty from a broad range of disciplines who successfully integrated technology into their curriculum.
Although many professors discourage the use of Wikipedia for their classes, the web-based encyclopedia became the focal point of Aisha Musa’s Islamic Jurisprudence course.
Musa, assistant professor of religion and Middle Eastern studies and Islamic civilization, designed a set of Wikipedia editing projects that utilized her students’ writing, research, media literacy, and collaboration skills.
After reading published articles by various scholars, her students edited relevant Wikipedia articles for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
“The Wikipedia project is reflective of the way people know things today as opposed to 20 years ago; now we often look to electronic literature instead of published literature. Students need to understand how that knowledge came to be, how reliable it is, and how they can contribute to it,” explained Nancy Pruitt, associate dean of the faculty and professor of biology.