WikiHow About That!

How-tos and tips from folks around the globe

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Update -February 2015-   I asked my Leadership and Service students to form teams of 4 or 5 and compose  wikiHow articles on First Semester at College Tips for Success.  This was the first team project for the class.  The intrinsic motivator was the opportunity to be recognized as an expert on a public forum.  The exercise also helped them with technical (instructional) writing skills…evidence of professional skills and abilities to add to their showcase portfolios and LinkedIn profiles.

-June 2008-
When I open a browser, my Google portal displays the day’s weather, news, my gmail and my virtual aquarium. At the bottom of the page are wikiHow links. This morning I was having my coffee, and for no particular reason, clicked on wikiHow’s Tips for Networking http://www.wikihow.com/network. I enjoyed reading the article compiled by a collection of authors listed at the bottom of the page. I could have added to the article and become a member of the author list, but I hadn’t consumed enough caffeine for that. If I wanted, I could have embedded the entire page on my blog, but I didn’t want to. I might have rated the article for accuracy, if I wanted, but again, I didn’t. I noticed the spotlight article was How to Say I Love You. They have articles from How to Grow Beans to How to Collect Payments from Your Customers.  I had a second cup of coffee and browsed the site.  Talk about collective intelligence.

How would I use this in the classroom? …. ARE YOU KIDDING?! What a wonderful collaborative class project on tips or how-tos on a course topic. This is a very creative, engaging way to have your students meet their learning goals, don’t you think? I’m going to try it.

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