An inferior source? Quantitatively analysing the production and revision of five technology-enhanced learning-related terms on Wikipedia

  • Michael Flavin King's College London
  • Katerina Hulova King's College London
Keywords: Wikipedia, virtual learning environment, Second Life, massive open online course, learning analytics, bring your own device

Abstract

This article analyses five technology-enhanced learning-related terms on Wikipedia, assessing their usefulness in relation to academic journal articles concerning the same terms. Data were obtained about the word lengths of the Wikipedia articles, the numbers of Wikipedia edits and numbers of academic journal publications over the first 5 years after the creation of the first Wikipedia entry. Data were gathered directly from Wikipedia, as well as the academic journal aggregator Academic Search Complete, and were analysed in IBM SPSS 23. The article argues that Wikipedia can be more useful than academic journal articles in the new and emerging phases of a technology, because of the volume of information made available, together with the speed of its publication and the updating of its contents.

Published: 23 November 2018

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2018, 26: 2103 - http://dx.doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v26.2103

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Author Biographies

Michael Flavin, King's College London
Head of Curriculum Innovation
Katerina Hulova, King's College London
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
Published
2018-11-23
How to Cite
Flavin, M., & Hulova, K. (2018). An inferior source? Quantitatively analysing the production and revision of five technology-enhanced learning-related terms on Wikipedia. Research in Learning Technology, 26. https://doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v26.2103
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Original Research Articles