Critical thinking in the 21st century

A colleague has just sent me a link to a recent BBC article about wikipedia. Interesting to note that there is a sharp divide in the academic world about whether or not wikipedia could be used as a source of information. Seems to me that the distinction being made is that books in the university library can be trusted whereas wikipedia can’t because articles in it can be written by anyone. Academic snobbery? David Warlick has just blogged about something similar – mentioning the difference between publishing as something that institutions do, and blogging something that individuals do.

Not sure about that distinction …

What I find interesting is that raising the question of whether or not we can trust wikipedia has an underlying assumption that we don’t ask the same question about other sources. Come on … just because professor so-and-so has done a wee bit of research and has drawn some conclusions we should not think carefully about the validity of his/her claims?

I’m off to find out if wikipedia has anything to say about Eskimo vocabulary

Masterclass new technology March 06

As a continuing part of the Masterclass programme, sessions were held at Stirling Management centre, looking at blogs, podcasting, wikis, online bookmarks, flickr (an online site for storing photos). Other interesting sites and information included google earth and Comic Life (creating comic stories). I have now created my own online bookmarks using delicious, and there is also a set of online bookmarks for things of interest related to Masterclass.

    Joe has written a blog – a diary – which has a short description of what techonologies were investigated. 
    Ewan’s weblog has got a lot of really interesting things, and I’ve already taken some ideas from there!

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