The workshop aims to provide the student with the essential tools to collect information about a historical or historiographical item and to rework it in a synthetic but scientifically reliable and verifiable text to be used for publishing on the internet.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop the student will be able to write a short text in the form of a lemma destined for the internet, which will give an account of the knowledge on a topic concerning the medieval period (biography, fact, historiographic category) through the most accredited bibliography. The student will therefore be able to orient themselves towards the major tools of historical research, to select information and to present it clearly and effectively in a scientifically valid synthesis, equipped with the instruments useful in ensuring the verifiability of its content. These skills will be acquired through the peer-reviewing of some Wikipedia entries characterized by different degrees of trust; the analysis of these cases will be a time of critical reflection and methodological learning. Individual work will also be of great importance, with the presentation of entries assigned by instructor, which will be worked on during lesson time (and, if necessary, supplemented by work at home) and discussed collectively before their publication on Wikipedia. For the duration of the workshop, students will be able to access the teaching materials published on the Ariel portal, as well as meet with the instructor by email and during the office hours. Students unable to attend will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, investigate special readings proposed by the instructor to strengthen their knowledge, and of course contact the instructor both by email and during the office hours.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Title of the course: Let's 'adopt' an article. How to write about History in Wikipedia
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Attendance to classes is mandatory. Laboratory is delivered through lectures aimed at providing the student with the essential tools to write a short and reliable article in medieval history to be published on the web: - building a bibliography through the available research tools (catalogues and online repertories, dictionaries, databases); - selecting information; - writing up research results by using specific language of the subject and editorial style of essays. These skills will be first acquired through classes, by practicing on research tools and sources, and then through the individual drafting of a short paper to be published in Wikipedia and the discussion of essays before their publication on line. Discussion with the teacher during lectures is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the ability to apply the acquired competence and knowledge. Laboratory is also based on didactic material provided on ARIEL.
Attending students: - knowledge of the topics taught in lectures; - knowledge of one of the following essays: E. Salvatori, Digital (Public) History: la nuova strada di una antica disciplina, in "RiMe. Rivista dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Europa Mediterranea", 1/I n. s., dicembre 2017, pp. 57-94.
R. Bianchi, G. Zazzara, La storia formattata. Wikipedia tra creazione, uso e consumo, in «Passato e Presente», 100 (2017), pp. 131-155
B. Federici, S. Talia (Gruppo di ricerca Nicoletta Bourbaki), La narrazione della storia in Wikipedia:pratiche, ideologie, conflitti per la memoria nell'Enciclopedia Libera, in "Storie e linguaggi. Rivista di studi umanistici" (2019)
Non-attending students: - supplement of the plan with essays to arrange with the lecturer. International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the lecturer in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: evaluation at the end of the course - Type of examination: in itinere assessment and at the end of the course, on the basis of attendance of lectures and writing of a short essay - Evaluation criteria: ability to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; ability for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of expression, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity. - Type of evaluation method: approval of 3 cfu The format of the assesement for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the lecturer.