Introduction: Previous studies have shown that group learning may help students retain a greater amount of information than tradition teacher-student model. For online courses that lack direct interpersonal contact, incorporating group learning into online learning can be more challenging than the traditional in-person courses. This resource consists of a structured multiple mini-team assignments. The idea of incorporating Wikipedia into the assignment was premised on the principle that students are more apt to gain a greater depth of knowledge when motivated by teaching others. Methods: This activity is designed to be completed over a sequence of 8 weeks. The activity has historically complemented an online course; therefore, students complete components of the assignment in an unstructured time. Each component of the activity is designed to be completed in 3-5 hours. Students are required to have some baseline knowledge of the subject before beginning the project. Students also should be knowledgeable of proper sources of peer-reviewed information. Results: This activity has been implemented a total of seven times in an online, 8-week format for the past 4 years. During that time, students have developed full-text reviews on a variety of health economics topics. Seventy percent of the students have voluntarily submitted their assignments to Wikipedia to add to a public repository. Discussion: To our knowledge this is the first MedEdPORTAL resource that gives a structured approach to the development of a Wikipedia article. The peer review process is a unique feature of the workshop version of this activity, which has not been synthesized in practice.
- Synthesize current literature on a specialized topic and communicate findings concisely with members of the non-specialist public.
- Collaborate with team members to design and author reference materials on an assigned topic.
- Analyze the steps in the authorship of an encyclopedia-type article and coordinate production with team members.
- Perform a literature review in an emergent or evolving area of study.
- Exemplify behaviors and attitudes of productive members in a knowledge-sharing community of practice.
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