Wikipedia project not your typical term paper
uploaded their href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Health_of_Refugee_Children">final research
assignments to Wikipedia.
In lieu of a final essay, students were asked to craft a collaborative entry for the online
encyclopedia as part of the Wikipedia Education Project.
The unique assignment saw each student contribute one section to an entry titled "
of Refugee Children" on the online encyclopedia.
The article touches on subjects such as global health and wellness, child soldiers,
refugee children and war and climate-driven immigration.
All six of the authors are enrolled in associate professor Nancy Doubleday's fourth-year
seminar on putting peace and health theory into practice.
McMaster is one of only eight Canadian schools to participate in the project this term.
"Our students do amazing work, but it often doesn't have a life beyond our classroom,"
said Doubleday, who also holds the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health. "This is a different
project for a different kind of audience, and we recognize they are concerned citizens as
well as competent researchers and writers."
The project's goal is to move beyond traditional "throwaway" assignments while
educating students about the importance of critical thinking, media literacy and
expository writing in an evolving digital age.
Post-secondary institutions around the world, including in the United States, Egypt and
Brazil, are also taking part.
"The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to have McMaster participating," said Jonathan
Obar, Wikipedia Education Program Advisor to Canada. "I look forward to seeing
students' contributions, especially those that add Canadian content to the