Vol. 17 / 2022 – International Conference on Virtual Learning

Learning by Wikipedia’s NPOV principle: an online dynamic experience



Wikipedia projects are available in many languages and they contribute to learning programs by using digital content and peer learning practices. The Neutral Point of View (NPOV) is a fundamental principle of Wikipedia. As such, it is influencing the on-boarding process for new editors and the quality of contributed articles. The authors have been training new editors for Wikipedia in Romanian and coordinating a research project inquiring about NPOV within Wikipedia and its learning community.

This article is an exploratory study on better understanding the process of learning about NPOV practices and its potential to create learning and teaching opportunities. The authors will present a literature review documenting the learning approaches within Wikimedia projects that contribute to more balanced and comprehensive Wikipedia texts from the NPOV perspective. Looking at the relation between the community of editors and the quality of NPOV editing, the authors will focus on the Romanian Wikipedia project. They will map the NPOV tagged Wikipedia articles and start a discussion about the online group dynamics and learning contexts for editors. The analysis will look at how the size and diversity of a Wikipedia community contributes to improved articles adhering to the NPOV.

learning with Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Online communities, Neutral Point of View, Teaching with Wikipedia, Online learning

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Claudia SERBANUTA, Mihai CONSTANTINESCU, "Learning by Wikipedia’s NPOV principle: an online dynamic experience", International Conference on Virtual Learning, ISSN 2971-9291, ISSN-L 1844-8933, vol. 17, pp. 205-216, 2022. https://doi.org/10.58503/icvl-v17y202217